The 13th Annual Birdathon was successful as always, with nine teams participating. Together we covered Corvallis and surrounding areas, the coast and the Klamath Basin and raised about $2800. 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 Don Boucher, Lisa Millbank and Joel Geier. Bill Proebsting, Susan Atkisson, Ann and Doug Brodie, Joel and Wil Geier all responded to this challenge! Bill takes the prize for most motorless birds seen, at 114 species over a two day bike ride, including Finley, EE Wilson and many parts between. However, Joel and Wil were close behind with 104 species seen, all on foot. They even spent the night at Luckiamute State Natural Area. Way to go, motorless ‘thoners!
We also had group sponsors for all the teams, with Elsie Eltzroth continuing the family tradition, and Ken Hilton of Wild Birds Unlimited again contributing to everyone. Thanks very much, Ken and Elsie!
The other five teams this year were Dodie Wilson and Mary Van Brocklin, Jamie Simmons and Hendrik Herlyn and Oscar Harper, Jim Philipson, the ASC Klamath Falls field trip, led by Fred Ramsey (aka Klamath Fools), 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, 2013 Birdathon coordinator
Birders Report Form
Birders Sponsor Sheet