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APRIL 7MAY 7

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Birdathon Info & How-to

HOLDING YOUR BIRDATHON FUNDRAISER IS EASY!

UPDATE: 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?

DECIDE ON SOME DETAILS
Create your own team. Or bird on your own, see above. Choose who will be on your team, where you will go, and when you’ll go. Come up with your team name!

GET A WEBPAGE
When you create your own team you will also be creating your team page. If you’d like us to do this for you, contact Diana Rosenblum at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org. Be prepared to send an image (a picture of your Birdathon team? favorite bird you hope to see?), text (who’s on your team? how many Birdathons have you participated in?), and fundraising goal.

PROMOTE YOUR BIRDATHON
Share the link to your team page with everyone you know! You can also easily promote your page by using the social media buttons below you “Donate” button. Check out some fundraising tips below!

FLAT DONATIONS VS. PER SPECIES PLEDGES
Encourage your friends and family to make a flat donation to your team, or to pledge per bird species seen during your Birdathon by using the online pledge form. Tucson Audubon will let you know as pledges come in so you can reach back out to your supporters with your species count after your Birdathon is complete. Supporters can then donate to your team, online or by check, by multiplying their pledge amount by the number of species your team observed.

GO BIRDING ANY TIME APRIL 7–MAY 7
Report your species! To be eligible for prizes, participants must register, collect pledges, and turn in all forms to Diana Rosenblum by Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5pm. All Birdathoners are also encouraged to submit your bird findings to ebird.org.

SIMPLE POINTERS TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR FUNDRAISING GOALS

 

Birdathon 2020 Competition Categories

Big Day: Traditional
Count as many individual species as possible within a 24 hour period, from midnight to midnight. Please refer to the ABA Big Day Count Rules for details at listing.aba.org/big-day-count-rules. Let’s keep it official, friends!

Big Day: Freestyle
Count as many individual species as possible within a 24 hour period, but not necessarily midnight to midnight. Make this party all your own. Show us what you’ve got and how it helps you find the birds!

Home Patch
Stay home and go birding in your yard or around your neighborhood.

Best Bucks for Birds
All of the funds you raise support Tucson Audubon’s conservation, advocacy, habitat restoration, education, field trips, and scientific studies that help protect the birds of Southeast Arizona and their habitats. Set a compelling fundraising goal and double the clutch!

Social Media Storytellers
Share the fun of Birdathon with, well, everyone! Post your team’s efforts on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #tasbirdathon2020 and #birdathon2020, send an email blast to your friends and family, mail your supporters a write up of your day in the field, even hire a plane to write your team name in the sky! Keep Tucson Audubon in the loop by tagging your posts online and emailing private efforts to Diana at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org.

Birdathon Beyond AZ
Not everybody who loves Tucson Audubon lives in Arizona. Why not host a Birdathon where you live? Support our fundraising and conservation efforts from afar. A previous Birdathon was held in Mexico and one is in the works for Switzerland this year. Bird beyond borders!

Grand Champions
To begin a new tradition, a panel of honorary judges will evaluate all aspects of your Birdathon efforts including number of species seen, funds raised, outreach aspects, and uniqueness of effort. Give it all you’ve got and have fun with it!

 

BIRDATHON FUNDRAISING TIPS AND TOOLS

Make “The Ask” easier by remembering some simple pointers!
Asking friends and family to support your Birdathon might seem intimidating, but it can be lots of fun, and help to raise awareness for the unique biodiversity right here in southeast Arizona.

Download these Tucson Audubon talking points and fundraising tips for “making the ask.”

What is Birdathon and how do I participate?

  • Like walk-a-thon, but instead of counting miles, count birds!
  • Form a team, or bird on your own!
  • Go birding any time from April 7 to May 7
  • Report your species total to Diana Rosenblum
  • Gather pledges either as a flat amount or per bird species seen. Per species Pledge Form
  • Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories
  • Raise $100 or more and receive a Birdathon t-shirt at the Wrap Up Party.
  • Questions? Contact us at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org
FORMS:

Per Species Pledge Form
Let us and the team know that you plan to pledge per species

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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