Birdathonis the birder's equivalent to a walkathon, but better (because you get to look at birds all day). Teams of 2 or more (typically 4-5) compete to count as many bird species as possible in a consecutive 24-hour period. Birdathon is primarily a fundraiser, so teams also compete to raise the most money for the best cause: bird conservation. Birding can be done anywhere in Texas but we encourage you to visit our sanctuaries for a great birding experience!
The birding and fundraising period is followed by a fun awards celebration with prizes for the most birds identified, most funds raised, best story, best team name and more! Birdathon is a great way to enjoy spring migration and support Houston Audubon at the same time.
Whether you can identify 2 species or 200, birders of all experience levels are welcome to participate in Birdathon!
Rookie of the Year - Most species identified by a new team
(all team members must be first-time participants of Birdathon)
Best Story -
participants will have the opportunity to tell stories from their Birdathon day at the awards celebration. Winner will be determined via applause.
Three new awards this year!
Best Team Name
- top 3 will be determined via an online poll. The winner will be voted on at the Birdathon Awards Celebration.
Best Photo -
individual participants may send a photo taken during their Birdathon day for submission in the photo contest. An online poll will determine the top 3 winners whose artwork will be displayed at the Birdathon Awards Celebration. Guests will vote on their favorite photo at the party. Photos must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1st.
Raven Award / Most birds of the Raven Family - the team that identifies the most corvids (ravens, crows, magpies and jays). Be sure to keep a tally!