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 (click the right mouse button, select “save target as”) 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 click the right mouse button, select “save target as” to download our Birdathon/Bloomathon sponsorship form. Complete and save the form. Submit the form along with donations that you have collected once the event is over.

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.

Forms to Download

Group-led Trips

McLane Center beginner birds and blooms

Saturday, May 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am (birds) & 12:30 – 2 pm (blooms) at the McLane Center

Are you a beginner or novice birder or flower enthusiast? Or do you just a have a couple hours to spend in the field? Join the McLane Center Team, led by educator, Hilary Chapman, to celebrate this fun event and fundraiser. Visit the fields and forests in search of birds in the morning. Search for blooms along the trails of the Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in the afternoon.

Come for one or both parts, and bring a picnic lunch! This is a great opportunity to learn to use binoculars and identify birds and blooms or to hone your skills. Our team goal will be 20 species of birds and 20 of blooms! Bring your binoculars (some will be available on a first come first serve basis).

Help with the fundraising aspect of this event by making a donation to the McLane Team or by getting pledges from your friends and family.

To register, contact Hilary Chapman at (603) 224-9909 or email hchapman@nhaudubon.org

 Massabesic Center beginner birding walk

Saturday, May 17, 8:30 – 11am at the Massabesic Center

Join NH Audubon staff, Logan Young, and the Massabesic Center Team on a walk of the Massabesic Wildlife Sanctuary in search of birds. We’ll search for as many bird species as we can find on this moderately-paced birding walk to Battery Point. Highlights may include Osprey, Common Loon, and bobolinks. Bring binoculars, a field guide, camera, water, and snacks, and be prepared for insect pests.

The walk will be approximately 4 miles on mainly level terrain.

Help with the fundraising aspect of this event by making a donation to the Massabesic Team or by getting pledges from your friends and family.

Register with Logan Young at (603) 668-2045×203 or email lyoung@nhaudubon.org

Seacoast Chapter: Bird the Bloom from Odiorne!

Saturday, May 17, 7 am – 5pm at Odiorne State Park, Rye, NH 

Join Seacoast Chapter representatives Lauren Kras and Ben Griffith for a family-friendly day full of birds and blooms at Odiorne State Park.  Come for part or all of the day to participate in scouring the park for migrants (Odiorne is a major migration hotspot and mid-May is ideal for migrants) and mini walks focusing on bird and plant identification.  This event is designed for the beginner birder and the expert as there will be activities running for all!  Registration is not required and participation is free and open to all!  Email Lauren Kras: Lauren.Kras@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

For more information about participation, see www.seacoastchapter.org

Monadnock Chapter birds and blooms for all levels

Sunday, May 18, 7 am – noon starting at the Surry Town Hall

Join local birder, Dave Hoitt, and wildflower enthusiast, Wendy Ward, on this easy walk looking for birds and wildflowers of the open field and wetland habitat of Surry. Meet at the Surry Town Hall parking lot at 7:00 am. The trip should end by noon. Bring field guides, binoculars, drink, snack and bug repellent.  For more information, call Wendy @ 313-0197 or weward0@yahoo.com

Help with the fundraising aspect of this event by making a donation to the Monadnock Chapter Team or by getting pledges from your friends and family.

NHA Birdathon at Wilson Tavern Land in Stoddard

Saturday, May 17, 7:30 am – noon

DescriptionJoin Francie Von Mertens and Meade Cadot for New Hampshire Audubon’s annual Birdathon – a friendly competition to see or hear as many bird species as possible. We’ll visit the newly conserved Wilson Tavern Land in Stoddard, which boasts a mix of forest types that should host a wide range of species. Expect a relatively easy, 2-mile hike. A per-bird-species donation to support NHA’s Raptor Observatories is welcome. Carpool from the Harris Center (event co-sponsor) at 7:30 a.m. Back by noon. For more information, contact Francie at (603) 924-6550 or vonmertens@myfairpoint.net or Meade at (603) 525-3394 or cadot@harriscenter.org

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