Annual Birdathon / Bloomathon Fundraiser

Event Date: TBA – May, 2017

With the coming of spring each year, New Hampshire’s landscape is once again graced by lovely wildflowers and colorful singing birds. It is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy these natural wonders, and at the same time do something to help protect them.

Photo by Jen Esten

Photo by Jen Esten

Outdoor Exploration with an Added Purpose

NH Audubon’s annual Birdathon/Bloomathon is an event designed to raise awareness and funds that are used for research, education, land protection and advocacy through our centers, chapters and programs. By getting outside, searching for birds and/or flowers, and soliciting pledges to support NHA’s work, participants are able to enjoy outdoor exploration, connect with others who appreciate the natural world and contribute to NHA’s conservation work.

Funds raised through this event will benefit NH Audubon as a whole and a Chapter, Center or Program chosen by each Field Team.

This event is a way for birders to contribute sightings of ‘conservation species’ to NH Audubon and to contribute records of birds from all parts of the state in a single day through NH E-bird. This helps provide a look into the changes of our state’s birdlife over time. Information about plant blooms may contribute to phenology data as we explore ways that organisms respond to the changing climate.

Everyone can Join the Fun

Experts and beginners can participate; adults and children; anyone can be part of a team, or support one.

Join a team and try to see as many species of birds and/or wildflowers as possible within a single day in whatever New Hampshire location you choose. Several of NH Audubon’s Chapters, Centers, and Programs are organizing teams, including expert-led field trips that welcome beginners.

There’s no registration fee. Participants are strongly encouraged to seek pledges from friends, co-workers, family members, local businesses, etc. Electronic fund raising through FirstGiving makes it easy to contribute and acquire donations.

Ways to Participate

  • Form a team with friends (2-6 participants/team) or join a Chapter or Center group
  • Register your team with the B/B Coordinator, Ruth Smith
  • Serve as a captain to coordinate multiple teams for a chapter, center or program area
  • Set a goal for species or funds (ie: a big day of 170 bird species, 10 new plants you’ve never seen, $1000 in pledges or raise $1/species) – all efforts large and small are appreciated.
  • Pledge to support your favorite branch of NH Audubon
  • Travel across the state, focus on a favorite local spot or NH Audubon Sanctuary
  • Spend the morning or search for 24 hours straight
  • Get outside in search of birds and blooms!
  • Help NH Audubon protect the places and wildlife you care about.

Registration deadline (to be entered in the contests) TBA. Early registration is recommended to enhance coordination and fund raising capacity.

Click the Registration Tab under the page title to learn how to register.

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

Thanks to the businesses which are providing lead support and prizes:

 

Registration Information

The upcoming 2017 registration form will be posted here.

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
  • 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!

Field Checklists

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