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APRIL 9MAY 9

Birdathon Info & How-to

HOLDING YOUR BIRDATHON FUNDRAISER IS EASY AND FUN!

If you have any questions throughout the process please contact Diana Rosenblum at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org or Luke Safford at lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org 

Birdathon 2021 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-rulesHigh species count wins!

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! High species count wins!

Brand New to Birdathon
Never done a Birdathon before? Well here’s a category just for you! Take the jump out of the nestbox and fly on your own to count birds for conservation in your own unique and fun way. This category will be judged by our panel of honorary judges.

Creative “Home” Patch
How creative can you be with birding in your yard or around your neighborhood? The winner of this award will receive some awesome Habitat at Home related prizes! This category will be judged by our panel of honorary judges.

Best Bucks for Birds
All of the funds you raise go to 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! This award goes to the team or participant—non-staff—who raises the most money.

Social Media Storytellers
Share the fun of Birdathon with, well, everyone! Post your team’s efforts on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #tasbirdathon2021 and #birdathon2021, 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. This category will be judged by our panel of honorary judges.

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. Previous Tucson Audubon Birdathons have been held in Mexico, Switzerland and all over the United States. Bird beyond borders with creativity! This category will be judged by our panel of honorary judges.

Mature Birders Big Day sponsored by Splendido
If you are 55 and better and count the most birds in a 24 hour period, you’ll receive a special prize package designed just for you from Splendido, including a $55 Tucson Audubon Nature Shop gift certificate.

Grand Champions
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!

NEW THIS YEAR! Birdathon 2021 Extra Prizes

Young Birders
Any participant under 18 who raises $200 or more. Will receive special Tucson Audubon swag from our Nature Shop.

High Flyers
Any individual participant who raises over $500. Will receive an invitation to a special bird outing with Birdathon coordinator, Luke Safford. The outings will be scheduled after Birdathon and contingent on safe and smart protocol.

Feathered Friends
Any individual participant who raises at least $100. Will receive a special Birdathon t-shirt, which will be sent in the weeks following the event.

Getting Started…

DECIDE ON SOME DETAILS

What kind of Birdathon adventure will you embark upon? The options are endless, but consider these approaches to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Solo or team style. If you create a team, remember to be smart and safe!
  • Big Day style. How many birds can you find in one 24 hour period?
  • Patch Birding. Choose your favorite hotspot or backyard and count all the birds on a day, or time period of your choosing.
  • Photography Birdathon. How many bird species can you get pictures of during Birdathon?
  • Conservation Focus. Do you have a special area you want to highlight in your Birdathon to raise conservation awareness?
  • Bird from Home. Visit a feeder cam from Panama or the Paton Center and count the birds you see from your laptop.

CREATE YOUR TEAM AND DONATION PAGE

Now is the time to create your donation page. Whether you’re doing Birdathon as a team, or on your own, you’ll start with creating a unique name for your adventure. Be prepared to send an image (favorite bird you hope to see? a picture of your Birdathon team?), text (who’s on your team? what’s creative about your Birdathon? 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 your “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 9–MAY 9

Have fun and share your experiences with everyone through social media. Post it on Tucson Audubon’s Facebook page and share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @tucsonaudubon and including #tasbirdathon2021 in your post.

Report your species! To be eligible for prizes, participants must register, collect pledges, and turn in all forms to Diana Rosenblum by Friday, May 14, 2021 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 FUNDRAISING TIPS

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?

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