Birdathon 2019 is set for the weekend of April 27 and 28. This is our yearly fundraiser for the Hesthavn Nature Center. Over the years, we’ve raised thousands of dollars for projects and improvements for our 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 27-28 and see how many species you can see!
(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, Costa Rica… 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.
Karan Fairchild, 2018 Birdathon coordinator
Birders Report Form
Birders Sponsor Sheet