The 15th Annual Birdathon was successful as always, with nine teams participating. Together we covered Corvallis and surrounding areas, the coast and the Rogue Valley and raised about $4000, bringing total earnings over the years to nearly $68,000. 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 again this year had group pledges specifically for motorless birdathons, from Joel Geier, and Don Boucher and Lisa Millbank- we appreciate their generosity! Bill Proebsting on his bicycle and Ann Brodie’s team on foot responded to this challenge. Bill bicycled on two days, covering Finley and nearby parks, and detected 105 species. Ann and her team detected 42 species in a neighborhood walk in Timberhill. The weather, in this unusually dry and sunny spring was not a deterrent, for once!
We also had a general group sponsor for all the teams, with Elsie Eltzroth continuing the 15 year family tradition. Thank you so much, Elsie! Several other people contributed to numerous teams.
The other teams this year were Dodie and John Wilson and Mary Van Brocklin; Jamie Simmons; Hendrik Herlyn and Oscar Harper; Jim Philipson; the ASC Rogue Valley field trip, led by Fred Ramsey; Pam and Randy Comeleo; 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, 2015 Birdathon coordinator
Good Birding! And email Karan Fairchild with any questions.
Birders Report Form
Birders Sponsor Sheet