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 if you'd like to be placed on a team.







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

Important Dates

March 10, Sunday - Kick-off Workshop
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


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 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
(713) 932-1639 ext.106