Birdathon is 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!

Please email zseth@houstonaudubon.org if you'd like to be placed on a team.



 
A SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPATING SPONSORS AND DONORS FOR BIRDATHON 2019!

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Funds raised: $621 Goal: $50,000
Click to see all Teams & Participants

Important Dates


March 10, Sunday - Kick-off Workshop
Agenda
2:00 - 2:15 pm Welcome/Registration
2:15 - 3:00 pm Birding 101 with Glenn Olsen
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 3:45 pm How to Use eBird with Anna Vallery
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 4:45 pm Planning your Birdathon & Fundraising with Barbara Tilton and Sarah Flournoy
4:45 - 5:00 pm Closing

March 22, Friday - Birding Begins

May 13, Monday - Birding Ends

May 16, Thursday - Money/Reports Due

May 19, Sunday -
Awards Celebration


Awards


Most Money Raised / Whittington Award

Most Species Identified / Oberholser Award

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 zseth@houstonaudubon.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! 

See the prizes here. 
For more information, please contact:

Zineera Seth
Development Events Manager
zseth@houstonaudubon.org
(713) 932-1639 ext.106