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