Birdathon 2018 is set for the weekend of April 28 and 29. This is our yearly fundraiser for the Hesthavn Nature Center. In past years we’ve raised thousands of dollars for projects and improvements for this wonderful local Audubon sanctuary.
How it works: Put together a team (or go solo). Ask people to sponsor you at so many cents a bird, or for a flat rate. Then go birding the weekend of April 28 and 29 and see how many species you can get! (Another weekend in that time frame is fine too, if you have a birding trip planned or a scheduling conflict.) Bird anywhere – your backyard, the coast, the Rio Grande… the sky’s the limit (literally). If you feel shy about asking people to sponsor you, get creative. For example, you can pledge to your own team, perhaps in honor of a nature-loving relative. Just drop me an email to let me know you are planning to participate. Sponsor forms and report forms will be on the ASC website under Birdathon. Results will be announced at the May meeting and in the summer Chat.
If you own a local business, you could generate some good publicity by having your business be a sponsor of the event. Your business could sponsor every team at a certain rate. This encourages more people to form a team and participate, knowing they already have their first sponsor. Beyond raising more funds for Hesthavn activities, this involves more people, who then feel they personally have a stake in Hesthavn’s success and, more broadly, in wildlife and nature conservation.
We have a number of teams who go motorless every year, and get special support for that. The criteria for going motorless are:
- No driving at all during the Birdathon. The motorless trip starts from and ends at your home.
- Any human-powered method is acceptable.
- Any public transit is acceptable.
- Motorized wheelchairs and other mobility devices acceptable.
Good Birding! And email me at Karan Fairchild, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Karan Fairchild, Birdathon Coordinator
Birders Report Form
Birders Sponsor Sheet