Since 1993, birders in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America have celebrated World Migratory Bird Day. The goal is to focus attention on the spectacular journey migratory birds take, flying between their winter and summer homes. World Migratory Bird Day 2023 focuses on water and its importance to bird life.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will Celebrate Birds from April 22 through May 21, 2023, 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 Sweet Run State Park, 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 of 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. Everyone is welcome to form a team ─ 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. How to form a Birdathon team.
Check out Tips for New Birdathon Teams, written by Gerco Hoogeweg, a member of the Raven Loonatics, for advice on how to have a fun and successful experience.
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.