Bedford Audubon Society Birdathon
Make the BAS Birdathon a success!
What is the Birdathon?
Like a Walkathon, Jumpathon, or Swimathon, a Birdathon is a fundraising event where participants get pledges for each bird or species they identify during any 24-hour period in the month of May. Participants can join individually or form teams.
Bedford Audubon’s Annual Birdathon raises money to support habitat protection in our sanctuaries, research like Hawkwatch and MAPS, and educational programs. And this year, an anonymous member has pledged $1,000 to the Birdathon if other Birdathon participants can raise at least $1,000 combined!
The Birdathon is a fun way to get outside, test your bird identification skills, and raise money for Bedford Audubon all at the same time! And by submitting your Birdathon sightings to www.ebird.org, participants are also contributing valuable citizen science data, too.
Who should participate?
Experts, novices, and casual birders should participate! Anyone can participate in Bedford Audubon’s Birdathon because you pick a level of participation that’s comfortable for you. Some folks are most comfortable counting the birds around their home or neighborhood, while others travel around the tri-state area in search of as many species as humanly possible in the selected 24-hour count period. If you cannot participate as a birder, consider sponsoring Team Bedford Audubon with a pledge. Call 914.232.1999 to make your pledge.
How to Participate:
- Register Now
Registering is easy! Register yourself or your team by simply sending an email to Executive Director Janelle Robbins (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Birdathon” in the subject line by May 10.
- Find Your Sponsors
Ask your friends, family, co-workers, etc. to make a pledge. Ask in person, on the phone, by email, even Facebook. Don’t be shy – you’ll be surprised at how many people will contribute. You can be sponsored at a flat rate for the entire Birdathon (say, $25 or whatever feels right for the sponsor), for each species identified ($0.50, $1.00), or for each individual bird identified ($0.05, $0.10, or $0.25). Remind potential sponsors that their contributions are tax-deductible.
- Go Birding!
You can spend part of the day or an entire 24-hour period checking off the species you see. You don’t need to be an expert birder; everyone’s efforts are important! Simply tally the species you confidently identify.
- Collect Your Pledges
After your count, fill in your species total, collect your pledges, and mail your sponsor sheet and money raised to Janelle (35 Todd Rd., Katonah, NY 10536). An easy way to collect pledges is to send an email describing your Birdathon adventure, with how much your sponsors owe. A photocopy or scanned copy of your checklist accompanying your letter is also good way of letting your sponsors know what you saw. Request that pledges are paid via check made out to Bedford Audubon Society. Please, no cash.
- Send Thank-you Notes
As a final way of expressing gratitude for your sponsors, you should send a thank you card or note to your sponsors personally thanking them for supporting you and Bedford Audubon. Janelle will also send your sponsors an official acknowledgment of their donation for tax purposes.