BANNER: Westchester Birdathon 2016

Go birding to help birds!

What:  Identify as many bird species as you can in a 24-hour period in Westchester County
and raise funds for local bird conservation & education efforts!

Who:  Birders of all levels in teams of 1 to 5 members

Why:  For fun! For the challenge and competition! To support bird conservation & education!

How:  Register your team & start collecting pledges and/or donations!
Step-by-step directions below!

For more info: email whimbrelnature@gmail.com with any questions.

birdathon instructions

1: Register Now

Registering is easy! Register your team at this Google form or by having the team captain send an email to whimbrelnature@gmail.com with the full names of all team members. Please register all team members by May 10th.

2: Find Your Sponsors

Download a birdathon pledge form. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to make a pledge. Ask in person, by phone, or through social media. Don’t be afraid to ask; you’ll be surprised by how many people are willing to contribute. You can be sponsored at a flat rate for the entire Birdathon (for example $25 or $50) or for each species that you identify (for example $0.50 per species or $1.00 per species). Remind potential sponsors that their contributions are tax-deductible. Record sponsor information in the pledge forms provided.

3: Go Birding!

Go birding between 7pm on May 12th and 7pm on May 13th. You can record species you see for part of the time or for the entire 24-hour period. Make sure the bird species you record are seen in Westchester County. You don’t need to be an expert birder. All ability levels are welcome and all efforts help us towards our goal. Only record species that you can confidently identify.

4: Team Captains Submit Final Bird List & Estimated Fundraising Total

To be considered for awards, team captains should submit their final bird list and preliminary estimated fundraising total (for the entire team)by email by 8:00pm on May 13th, 2016. Bird lists can be scanned and emailed, or photographed with a mobile phone. We will just need one overall team total for the fundraising estimate. Otherwise team captains should submit these materials no later than 11pm Sunday, May 14th.

5: Collect Your Pledges

After your count, fill in your species total and calculate totals for individuals that pledged per species. Then collect your pledges and mail your pledge sheets and any checks to Anne Swaim (Saw Mill River Audubon, 275 Millwood Road,Chappaqua, New York 10514). Request that pledges be paid via check made out to Saw Mill River Audubon or sponsors may pay their pledges at this online birdathon donation page. Please, no cash. A great way to contact your sponsors is to send them a brief email describing your Birdathon adventure and a summary or scanned copy of your bird list.

6: Send Thank Yous

It is always good to express your gratitude to your sponsors, so think about sending them a thank you card or note. Thank them for supporting you, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and Saw Mill River Audubon.