Since 1993, birders in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America have celebrated International Bird Day. The goal – to focus attention on the spectacular journey migratory birds take, flying between their winter and summer homes. In 2017, the International Migratory Bird Day and the World Migratory Bird Day efforts merged. The day is now known as World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). This year, WMBD is May 11, helping to celebrate 2019 the Year of the Bird.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will Celebrate Birds from late April through the first two weeks of May, the height of migration in our area, with special bird walks and with the Birdathon, a 24-hour event in which you and your team see how many species and how many birds you can count! It’s a fun way to get outside and to support Loudoun Wildlife’s work for bird conservation.
The Birdathon is one of our largest fund-raising events every year and helps to pay for environmental education programs and conservation efforts.
We invite you to take part by forming a team. Your team can be you and your friends, your family, co-workers or a youth group – anyone with an interest in nature. Next, find sponsors who will support your team by pledging a fixed amount or an amount per species you see.
We have some great prizes for participants and for anyone who raises or contributes at least $50 or more. For example, current members who donate $50 or more will have their membership renewed through the following year. Non-members and those whose memberships have lapsed will be given a membership through the current year.
If you want to make a pledge, email firstname.lastname@example.org.