Centennial Birdathon/Bloomathon

Male Magnolia Warbler in a flowering willow – two iconic symbols of spring that might be seen during Birdathon/Bloomathon. Photo by Len Medlock.

Male Magnolia Warbler in a flowering willow – two iconic symbols of spring that might be seen during Birdathon/Bloomathon. Photo by Len Medlock.

This Year’s Dates: May 17-18, 2014

As NH Audubon enters its second century, one thing is clear – conservation challenges require us ALL to be more mindful of decisions shaping the future of wildlife, natural places, and ultimately, ourselves. The 2014 Birdathon/Bloomathon promises to provide that opportunity. Fun, accessible and inclusive, this year’s fundraising event will entice members and all who are interested to form friendly but competitive teams to search for birds and blooms statewide. Looking back 100 years, birds were the gateway to the conservation movement that still guides our work in education, advocacy, wildlife research, and stewardship/conservation. We invite you to participate in or pledge your support for this great competition!

Registration Information

Please download and complete the Birdathon/Bloomathon Registration Form. Once you have registered you can start getting sponsors. Email your completed form to rsmith@nhaudubon.org or print and mail the form to
NH Audubon – Attn: Birdathon/Bloomathon – 84 Silk Farm Road – Concord, NH 03301

New this year – easy online sponsorship tools through FirstGiving where you can set up your own individual fundraising web page to share electronically (via email, Facebook, other social media). We can help!

If you prefer not to use FirstGiving you can download our Birdathon/Bloomathon sponsorship form.

Questions? Contact your local NH Audubon Chapter or Birdathon/Bloomathon Coordinator Phil Brown (224-9909 x334 or pbrown@nhaudubon.org). Registration deadline is May 13. Early registration is recommended to provide team strategy and fund raising opportunities.

Can’t participate in Birdathon? You can still support your favorite team. Click here to access our FirstGiving page.

The Birdathon/Bloomathon is outdoor exploration with a purpose.

Join in the excitement as teams of observers, representing NH Audubon’s Centers, Chapters, and groups of individuals, try to see as many species of birds and/or blooming wildflowers as possible within a single day, in whatever New Hampshire location they choose. Several teams are already forming, including expert-led groups that welcome beginners!

All funds raised will be split 50/50 between NH Audubon and the Chapter, Center, or area of your team’s choice (raptor observatories, animal care or education, for example), so pledges from your friends and family encouraged.

The Rules

It’s easy to participate in Birdathon/Bloomathon! There’s no registration fee, just an expectation that individuals collect pledges as a way to involve an even greater audience in this event… even those who stay indoors. Donations and pledges come from friends, co-workers, family members, Facebook, local businesses, etc.

  • Form a team with friends (2-6 participants/team) or join a Chapter or Center group
  • Captains will coordinate multiple teams for Chapters, Centers or  Programs
  • Set goals: for example, aim for a big day of 100 bird species or 10 new plants you’ve never seen
  • Sign up pledges to support your Chapter, Center, or area of interest
  • Travel across the state or focus on a favorite local spot or NH Audubon Sanctuary
  • Spend a few hours in the field – or search for 24 hours straight!

Prizes will be awarded to category winners and to those who raise the most in pledges. Participation in the Birdathon/Bloomathon means that everyone wins – including the birds and plants!

2013 Birdathon Summary and Winners

2013 Birdathon Species Checklist