Since 1993, birders in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America have celebrated World Migratory Bird Day. The goal – to focus attention on the spectacular journey migratory birds take, flying between their winter and summer homes. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will Celebrate Birds from April 24 through May 23, 2021, the height of migration in our area, with special bird walks and with the Birdathon.
Join Us for a Bird Walk
We will hold a series of bird walks during this period to Celebrate Birds. These walks take place at locations such as the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Bles Park, Banshee Reeks and other great places with natural areas within the county. View the list of bird walks.
Participate in the Birdathon
The Birdathon is a 48-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 it’s our largest fund-raising event every year, which helps to pay for our environmental education programs and conservation efforts.
We invite you to take part by forming a team or by supporting one of the teams. Your team can be just you, or 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.
Everyone is welcome ─ expert birders, backyard birdwatchers, and beginners! Like a walkathon, Birdathon participants collect pledges and donations from friends, family members, and co-workers for finding and counting bird species. You pick any 48-hour time period you want and with your team, count every species you observe.
Because of COVID-19 we want to protect everyone. We’ve reached out to past participants and, with their advice, created new ways to still enjoy birding while ensuring everyone’s safety. You can bird by yourself counting every species you find at your feeder and/or in your neighborhood, you can bird with your family, or meet a couple of friends and, socially distancing (not carpooling), visit some of Loudoun’s hotspots.
We’re offering prizes for the most species observed by a team, by a family, by a team competing for the first time, by a team of fledgling birders ( age 18 or younger) and for the most money raised.
Your supporters can donate here.
If you want to make a pledge instead, email firstname.lastname@example.org.