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2016 Birdathon

The 16th annual Birdathon was successful as always, with ten teams participating. Together we covered Corvallis and surrounding areas, the coast, Summer Lake and the Klamath Basin and raised $4137, bringing total earnings over the years to over $72,000. 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 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!

Bill Proebsting takes the prize for most motorless birds recorded, at 1o9 species, covering EE Wilson, Finley and other parts of the valley, all by bicycle! The Klamath Fools team (ASC field trip to Klamath Falls, led by Fred Ramsey) tallied the most species overall, with 146. Isaac Denzer and Spencer Mair saw nearly as many, 142, by covering the coast, Marys Peak, Finley and points between.

The other teams this year were Dodie Wilson, Jamie Simmons, Hendrik Herlyn and Oscar Harper, Jim Philipson, Pam and Randy Comeleo, Marcia Cutler with Ann Brodie and friends, 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, 2016 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 $72,000 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
Email: Audubon.Corvallis@gmail.com