Celebrate Birds – A Little Differently in 2020
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.
Because of COVID-19 we’ve had to Celebrate Birds differently this year. On May 9 – 10 we participated in World Migratory Bird Day/Global Big Day. You can read about it here.
2020 Birdathon – Moved to Fall due to COVID-19
Our 2020 Birdathon will take place in the fall from September 19 – October 18 rather than in the spring. Because of COVID-19 the Birdathon will be a 48-hour event (or portion of) in which you, by yourself, or your team will 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 our largest fund-raising events every year and 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 (whether that team is one person or four), by a family, in your own patch (your backyard and immediate neighborhood), and for the most money raised.
Your supporters can donate here.
If you want to make a pledge, email firstname.lastname@example.org.