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APRIL 7MAY 7

EVERY BIRD COUNTS

Birdathon is like a walkathon, only instead of counting miles, we count birds! It’s an opportunity to enjoy Southeast Arizona’s birds while raising or donating critical funds to the Tucson Audubon Society. Decide on your approach, reach out to friends and family to gather support, and go birding any time between April 7 and May 7!

For Birdathon 2020, we are excited to introduce all-new competition categories! We’re also offering great prizes including Zeiss binoculars, gift cards to local restaurants, and more. Birdathon T-shirts with the brand new, Curve-billed Thrasher logo will go to everyone who raises $100 or more. This year $7,500 will directly support Tucson Audubon’s Birdability initiative to make birding more inclusive and accessible to mobility-challenged people. We’re setting a $50,000 goal to support all of this important work. Please join us!

BIRDATHON IS EASY!

As a participant, first create your own team. Then gather per species pledges or direct donations and go birding any time between April 7 and May 7. See our Fundraising Tips and Tools if you need help “making the ask.” See the Details page below for all the specific info you need or contact Luke Safford.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING, CRITICAL CONNECTION  We have adapted Birdathon’s rules this year to help people stay safe at home, but still connect with the birds and community that can offer us strength to weather this crisis.

Here are 3 points to consider: 

  1. Stand Strong on Your Own: While Birdathon usually requires teams of at least two, this year we encourage and support individual efforts.

  2. Team Up, Creatively: If your team is your family, working together will be easy. If you would like to continue teaming up with others, while observing physical distance protocols, consider a shared approach, held in different places. You can compile your lists to achieve a final total.

  3. You’ve Got a Month … Take It?: While teams traditionally cover many locations in just one day, another possibility is one location over the course of many days…

Consider one of these approaches:

    • Bird by Ear — How many songs and calls can you learn to identify from home? 
    • A Daily Yard List for a Month — Do all your favorites show up every day? Create your own daily survey process.
    • A Neighborhood Walk List — If you will be exercising in your neighborhood, that could be the perfect time keep track of your bird neighbors.
    • Virtual Birdathon — You could even step way outside the box and hold your Birdathon online.  How many birds can you identify on streaming webcams from around the world?

 Thank you for making Birdathon happen!

Thanks to our Birdathon 2020 sponsors!

Supporting a team by writing a check?

  • Make checks payable to: Tucson Audubon Society
  • Write name of team on memo line
  • Send to:
    Tucson Audubon Society
    300 E University Blvd #120
    Tucson, AZ 85705

 

All-new Birdathon 2020 Competition Categories

  • Big Day: Traditional
  • Big Day: Freestyle
  • Home Patch 
  • Best Bucks for Birds
  • Social Media Storytellers
  • Birdathon Beyond AZ 
  • Grand Champions 

Get the details of each category

Wrenegades at Willcox Lake

WRAP UP PARTY – DETAILS TO COME

Come celebrate at our Birdathon Wrap Up Party! Join the staff of Tucson Audubon to honor all the Birdathon participants who helped us reach our spring fundraising goal. All Birdathon participants, supporters, and nature lovers are welcome!

PRIZES will be awarded to Birdathoners for a variety of categories and everyone who raises $100 or more will receive a Birdathon T-shirt!

No Egrets birding the Paton Center

Why and how you should do a Birdathon in 2020!

Learn the basics from veteran Birdathoner and Wrenegades team founder, Jennie Macfarland. See how easy it can be!

Why and how you should do a Birdathon in 2020!

Learn the basics from veteran Birdathoner and Wrenegades team founder, Jennie Macfarland. See how easy it can be!

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447