Birdathon

Registration begins March 15th!

Teams go out April 17 – June 6

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 41st 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 we have a better understanding of how to bird together safely and we are excited to have in-person teams again, as well as virtual ones for those who prefer it. Our education department has been successfully holding small outdoor programs and we will be using the same guidelines. There is still a lot of uncertainty about how the COVID picture will look in May and June. We may be able to loosen these guidelines, but that will depend on recommendations from state and local health authorities. We do know that our Birdathon celebration will again be an online one in mid-June. 

Birdathon COVID Guidelines

  • Maximum team size of ten people plus the leader
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Physical distance of six feet must be maintained
  • Carpooling only with those in your household or bubble
  • No sharing of optics
Lazuli Bunting perched on dry flowers
Lazuli Bunting, photo by Hayley Crews.

How to Participate

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

  • In-person Teams! Some teams will go out birding together, following COVID guidelines for a safe and fun experience. 
  • Virtual Teams! Some team leaders are creating 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!

A minimum raise of $50 per participant is requested, unless otherwise indicated.

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