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Birdathon 2014!

The 14th Annual Birdathon was successful as always, with twelve teams participating. Together we covered Corvallis and surrounding areas, the coast and the Klamath Basin and raised about $4000, bringing total earnings over the years to nearly $64,000. 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 a group pledge specifically for motorless birdathons, from Joel Geier. Bill Proebsting, Don Boucher and Lisa Millbank, Mary Van Brocklin, and Susan Brown’s team all responded to this challenge! Don and Lisa take the prize for most motorless birds seen, at 120 species over two days biking and walking. They covered Bald Hill Park, McDonald Forest, Finley, EE Wilson and many parts between. The weather on the official Birdathon weekend was particularly foul this year, so all motorless participants deserve extra credit!

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 teams this year were Dodie Wilson, Jamie Simmons and Adrian Hinkle and Christopher Hinkle, Hendrik Herlyn and Oscar Harper, Jim Philipson, the ASC Klamath Falls field trip, led by Fred Ramsey (aka Klamath Fools), Pam and Randy Comeleo, Ann and Doug Brodie 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!

Good Birding! And email me at Karan Fairchild,, with any questions.

Karan Fairchild, 2014 Birdathon coordinator

Birders Report Form

Birders Sponsor Sheet

Birdathon History

Audubon Society of Corvallis held its first Birdathon in 2001. We modeled our event after Birdathons held across the country, which are proven fundraisers. We've had 8 teams some years and 14 in others. Our yearly earnings have ranged from $3,000 to $8,000 and we've earned around $63,850 for Hesthavn to date! This money has gone into a solar composting toilet, museum display cases, a new floor, weather tight doors and windows, and other necessary projects. Side benefits include spreading the word about Hesthavn and ASC to a wider audience than just our own members, and the data gathered by getting people into the field for birding in a comprehensive way. As well as the fun had by those involved!
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