The 16th annual Birdathon was successful as always, with ten teams participating. Together we covered Corvallis and surrounding areas, the coast, Summer Lake and the Klamath Basin and raised $4137, bringing total earnings over the years to over $72,000. These funds go directly to Hesthavn Nature Center, and will be used for routine maintenance, as well as future larger projects, such as roof replacement.
We had group sponsors for all the teams, with Elsie Eltzroth continuing the family tradition, and Wild Birds Unlimited again contributing to everyone. Thanks very much, WBU and Elsie!
Bill Proebsting takes the prize for most motorless birds recorded, at 1o9 species, covering EE Wilson, Finley and other parts of the valley, all by bicycle! The Klamath Fools team (ASC field trip to Klamath Falls, led by Fred Ramsey) tallied the most species overall, with 146. Isaac Denzer and Spencer Mair saw nearly as many, 142, by covering the coast, Marys Peak, Finley and points between.
The other teams this year were Dodie Wilson, Jamie Simmons, Hendrik Herlyn and Oscar Harper, Jim Philipson, Pam and Randy Comeleo, Marcia Cutler with Ann Brodie and friends, and Karan and Jim Fairchild.
And finally, of course, we heartily thank everyone who sponsored a team. Hesthavn is a thriving nature center and native plant and wildlife sanctuary largely because of your generosity!
Karan Fairchild, 2016 Birdathon coordinator
Birders Report Form
Birders Sponsor Sheet