Audubon Vermont VIRTUAL Birdathon

Birdathon is going to be different this year.

Join our Virtual Birdathon! Photo: Gwendolyn Causer/Audubon Vermont

Help us reach our Birdathon Fundraising Goal of $15,000

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Thank you for making our first Virtual Birdathon a wonderful adventure! Our collective birding effort was a huge success. Birding checklists, photos and donations are still coming in, but here's an update so far:

  • 177 people submitted birding checklists 
  • 4,395 species of birds were tallied
  • 181 people made donations to support our conservation and education work

In keeping with past traditions, our Birdathon is a fundraiser to support Audubon Vermont’s work. Please consider a donation of whatever you're able to give. Even just $5, $10, or $15 will help us protect the birds and the places they need. We thank you for whatever you’re able to do right now.

Share your Virtual Birdathon Experience with us:

  • We are making a highlight video of our Virtual Birdathon! Send your best photos with photo credit by June 1st to emily.kaplita@audubon.org or #BirdathonVT on social media. 
  • Be sure to enter your Birdathon Observations by June 1st. (click here)

  • And to keep the Birdathon fun going a little longer, we will hold public voting via social media for the Birdathon Superlatives the week of June 8th. Categories are: Most Spectacular Bird, Most Colorful Bird, Largest Bird, Rarest Bird, and Birder Farthest from Vermont. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to place your vote. 

Here's how we had our Virtual Birdathon:

  • Choose an Audubon Vermont staff or board member to join their team. Meet your Virtual Birdathon Team leaders here. When you join a team you will be automatically be entered into a Birdathon raffle and receive updates and birding tips from your team leader. 
  • Choose your birding day. Pick a 24-hour time period between Saturday, May 16 and Monday, May 25. Bird for as long as you like. You don’t have to stay up all night or wake up before the sun comes up. Go at your own pace.

  • Keep track of the number of different bird species you see and/or hear. The FREE Audubon Bird App or eBird are great ways to keep track of the birds you’ve seen. Or download and print this Birdathon species checklist. (Note: The checklist includes birds found at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont.)

  • Submit your Birdathon observations online.

  • We will be tallying the total number of bird species seen by each team, so the more people who join us, the better! We’ll also be looking for the most colorful, largest, most spectacular, and rarest birds seen by birders. While you don’t have to be an early bird or night owl to join the Virtual Birdathon, there will be accolades for earliest (and latest) birders. Preview all of the categories here.

  • Are you taking pictures or videos of the birds you see? Tag them with #BirdathonVT and #ISawABird for a chance to be featured on our social media and webpage!
  • Are you new to birding? We’re so excited to have you join us. The birding resources and articles included below will help make your birding more fun.

 
Join our Virtual Birdathon Team
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Join a Virtual Birdathon Team

Choose an Audubon Vermont staff or board member to join their team. When you join a team you will be automatically be entered into a Birdathon raffle and receive updates and birding tips from your team leader.

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What's a Birdathon?
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What's a Birdathon?

A few words (and some longer tales) about what Birdathon has looked like in Vermont over the years.

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Are you new to birding? We’re so excited to have you join us. These birding resources will help make your birding more fun.

How to Start Identifying Birds by Their Songs and Calls
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How to Start Identifying Birds by Their Songs and Calls

Part one in our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.

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10 Common Bird Songs Made Less Confusing
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10 Common Bird Songs Made Less Confusing

Wren or sparrow? Robin or grosbeak? Some spring migrants sound similar—until you “see” their calls.

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Ten Tips for Waterfowl Beginners
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Ten Tips for Waterfowl Beginners

Ducks, geese, and swans are extremely common. Take advantage of that to sharpen your birding skills.

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Getting Into Birding
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Getting Into Birding

This article has essential birding resources and a video of basic bird observations to help you on your quest to becoming a better birder!

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How to eBird
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How to eBird

This article tells you how to use eBird and submit your eBird lists during our VIRTUAL Birdathon. Included in this article is a detailed eBird overview webinar by Nathaniel Sharp from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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How to Tell Apart Sound-Alike Warblers
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How to Tell Apart Sound-Alike Warblers

Migrants have started arriving—and with them, plenty of confusion. This guide to commonly confused songs will help.

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It’s Me, Your Birder Friend—Help Me Help You Identify That Species
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It’s Me, Your Birder Friend—Help Me Help You Identify That Species

Saw a bird but you're not sure how to describe it? Here are the details to include in that text to your bird-nerd buddy.

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Get to Know These 15 Common Birds
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Get to Know These 15 Common Birds

Want to put names to species you regularly see? Start here.

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What did that bird just say?!?
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What did that bird just say?!?

Unlock the secrets of bird songs.

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So. Many. Birds.
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So. Many. Birds.

Untangling the chorus of springtime birdsong.

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Rae Bronenkant/Audubon Vermont

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