March 15 – June 9

Have fun and raise money to protect Oregon’s birds!

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Birdathon is the uniquely Portland Audubon way to help protect Oregon’s native birds. Now in its 40th year, Birdathon is one of our most beloved traditions, bringing people together to raise funds to protect birds while watching birds. Everyone is welcome – expert birders, casual birdwatchers and beginners! Like a walk-a-thon, Birdathon participants (Birdathoners) collect pledges and donations from friends, family members, and coworkers for finding and counting bird species. 

This year, as we all rapidly adjust to COVID-19 and embrace physical distancing for the protection of all, we are reimagining Birdathon. We’ve reached out to team leaders, and dreamed up new and inventive ways to still enjoy birding while ensuring everyone’s safety. While we can’t be together physically, we can come together virtually.

Common Yellowthroat, photo by Scott Carpenter

How to Participate

There are many ways to join Birdathon and make a difference for wildlife.

  • Virtual Teams! We’re working with team leaders to build Birdathon experiences that allow participants to bird together, but separately. Depending on your team, you may be in touch via text while birding at different locations, arrange a virtual meeting to tally up your sightings afterward, or take turns birding at the same spot.
  • Solo Birdathon! Go out on your own or with members of your household!
  • Backyard Birdathon! WiFi? Check. Birds? Check. With this option, we can bird and talk or just listen in via phone or video and come up with a giant Backyard Birdathon bird list.

This year, we will not be hosting Birdathon trips that include the following:

  • Vans or carpools

  • Audubon-led in-person teams

  • In-person teams of people who aren’t already in regular and close contact

A minimum raise of $45 per participant is requested, unless otherwise indicated.

Contact Birdathon Coordinator Sarah Swanson with any additional questions about participating in Birdathon.