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2017 Birdathon

The 17th annual Birdathon was successful as always, with thirteen teams participating. Together we covered Corvallis and surrounding areas, the coast, the Rogue Valley and Cape May, NJ! We raised over $3600, bringing total earnings over the years to nearly $76,000. These funds go directly to Hesthavn Nature Center, and will be used for routine maintenance, as well as larger projects, such as this yearís roof replacement.

We had group sponsors for all the teams, with Elsie Eltzroth continuing the family tradition, and Wild Birds Unlimited again contributing to everyone. Thanks very much, WBU and Elsie!

Isaac Denzer takes the prize for most motorless birds recorded, at an incredible 119 species, covering Finley and other parts of the valley, all by bicycle! Isaacís team added some species by car, for a winning total of 156. Hendrik Herlyn and Oscar Harper are second, with 153 species.

The other teams this year were Dodie Wilson, Jamie Simmons, Jim Philipson, Pam and Randy Comeleo, Ann Brodie and friends, Delores Porch, Mary Derr, Tyler Hallman, Bill Proebsting, the ASCís Rogue Valley field trip 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, 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 $76,000 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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Audubon Society of Corvallis
PO Box 148
Corvallis, OR 97339