What is Birdathon
The birds we love and the ecosystems they depend on to survive need our help, which makes each Birdathon participant all the more vital. Everyone can play a part in Birdathon, as a donor, participant, or team leader. Join us and raise funds to protect birds as you watch birds. We have over 30 exciting teams this year, with options for seasoned birders, new birders, teens, women, and LGBTQ birders. And, of course, folks can always start their own team!
Birdathon is like a walkathon, but instead of counting miles, Birdathoners count birds and try to find as many species as possible during their team’s outing. Participants gather flat-amount pledges or per-species pledges then go out and bird their hardest. Birdathoners are invited to a celebratory banquet in June to recognize our collective achievements.
How We’re Adapting
Here’s how we are adapting Birdathon so that birds can still bring us together in support of Portland Audubon while we maintain safe physical distancing.
- Teams have gone virtual. Instead of gathering in groups or traveling by van to remote birding locations, we’ll be birding near home on our own and keeping in touch with our teams using technology. Teams may compile a collective list of the birds they see or send texts and photos to each other while they are out in the field. Some team leaders are creating planned routes that participants can travel on their own with tips and target birds for each stop. Others will hold an online celebration at the end of the Birdathon day to toast the day over video chat. Browse the list of teams on the website to find one that works for you or create your own virtual team with friends.
- Solo Birdathons. You can also choose to do your own Birdathon anytime before June 10. This is a great year to get excited about backyard birding or spend a morning at a park near your house. Your support of Portland Audubon as a solo Birdathoner is more important than ever before.
- Online Birdathon Community. We can all share our Birdathon experiences, whatever form they take, on Birdathon’s new Facebook page. You can also post your bird ID questions and get help from expert birders. Find us on Facebook by searching “Portland Audubon’s 2020 Birdathon!”