UPDATE May 11, 2021:
Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate in Birdathon! We had 136 people RSVP to join in the count, and so far, 90 have uploaded their results! If you need the link to upload your findings, follow this link to our online form.
Last year, NH Audubon modified our annual Birdathon in light of restrictions in place to combat COVID-19. We focused entirely on local birding, and despite a snowstorm on May 9, Birdathon was deemed a smashing success. Over 100 people participated from all across the state, and collectively tallied 160 species of birds. We also raised over $6,000 to support NH Audubon’s work to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and people.
A year has passed, and while there has been good progress on reducing the risks of COVID-19, it makes a lot of sense to follow the same model as 2020. There will be a few tweaks to the logistics, and more information will be available shortly, but the basic premise will be the same:
We encourage folks to get outside and go birding on SATURDAY, MAY 8 and report what you find to NH Audubon. As before, we encourage staying close to home, whether in your yard, neighborhood, or town, although more broad-ranging expeditions are also welcome. By registering for Birdathon, you sign up for our Birdathon mailing list to receive more information, including an online species list to let us know what you saw.
Can we beat 160 species? Unless it snows again I suspect we can! And of course we’re retaining the fundraising component. Feel free to donate online and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
We’ve chosen this weekend because it’s also the date for two other international events that serve to highlight birds and the connections we have with them. The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and eBird are doing their “Global Big Day,” which is essentially Birdathon on a planetary scale. If you use eBird – or want to learn – we encourage people to participate in the Global Big Day as well as Birdathon. It’s also World Migratory Bird Day which focuses on connecting people to birds and bird conservation.
See videos by Becky Suomala of Birdathon weekend here:
Photo (top): Eastern Phoebe, by Walter Keane.
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.