Have you been looking to do a little stint in birding? Do you have eyes like a hawk? You’re a lucky duck—the Fourth Annual Tim McKay Birdathon is upon us!
Similar to a walk-a-thon, a birdathon is a way to raise donations by recruiting pledges for each bird species spotted within 24 hours. After finding pledgers and creating a fun team name, participants of all ages head out to bird as a team or on their own. Donations are collected by the team captains after the birding period, and are split between the Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) and the NEC.
Last year, teams spotted over 400 species of birds and raised more than $7,000 to support the programs of the NEC and RRAS. We are looking forward to another successful year!
The Birdathon runs from May 5-13, and you can bird for any 24 hour period within those dates. Participants can sign up to be a team captain or join a team by April 28 at www.yournec.org/birdathon, by visiting our table at Godwit Days, or by stopping by our office. There will be a team captain meeting on April 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the NEC office that all Birdathon participants are welcome to attend.
You’ll be bittern if you miss this year’s Birdathon! Take the day to enjoy looking and listening for some of Humboldt’s most infamous avian friends, while making some new friends of your own. Support RRAS and the NEC by getting out in the ruff and birding! It’s your tern to bird!