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2016 Birdathon

Birdathon 2016 is set for the weekend of April 23 and 24. 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 23-24 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, 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.

Good Birding! And email Karan Fairchild with any questions.

Karan Fairchild, 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 $68,000 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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