Birdathon

Seattle Audubon Birdathon Participants 2019

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Count Birds to Save Birds

Birdathon is an annual tradition and important fundraiser for Seattle Audubon. It is like a walk-a-thon, but instead of walking miles, you count bird species. Participants gather pledges and donations from friends, family, and coworkers in support of Seattle Audubon’s mission for birds and their habitats. On a single Big Day, participants do a species count. The goal is to identify as many species as you can, while having fun and raising important funds on behalf of birds.

Birdathon 2021 Results

We are so pleased to share that Birdathon 2021 raised over $20,200 for Seattle Audubon. Congratulations and our gratidude goes out to our 45 participants this year. Enjoy this presentation of some of this year’s Birdathon highlights.

Who Can Participate

Anyone residing in Washington State (or visiting WA for that matter) can sign-up to participate. Species can be counted from anywhere in the state from your own backyard, to your neighborhood park, to a national forest or state park.

As you join in the Birdathon fun, we ask all participants to follow Seattle Audubon’s Code of Conduct.

If Birdathon is your annual tradition, or if you are just getting started learning about birds, please use Birdathon as an opportunity to appreciate birds in your own way, at your own pace, and at every skill level. Birdathon is open to all levels of experience in bird identification and fundraising – no prior experience in either needed to have fun and be successful!

Prizes

You can win some wonderful birdy prizes during Birdathon. The more you fundraise the more you get!

We offer special prizes for participants when you raise $50, $250, and $500+. We also have individual and team prizes for total funds raised, greatest number of donors, and species counts. See all the Birdathon 2021 Prizes.

Tools for Fundraising Success

Raise more for the birds!

Fundraising can feel like a challenge to some people, but if you think of it like an opportunity to share your passion for birds and nature with your friends and family it can actually be fun. Take a look at Fundraising Tips & Tricks sheet to help you get started. One important piece in your success is setting up your personal fundraising page. Follow our video tutorial or guide to learn how. If you aren’t sure what to say to your potential donors, we have example fundraising email templates to help.

Species Count

Choose a single Big Day to conduct your species count, then report the species you see/hear using our Google Form. We’ll keep a collective, running tally of species counted to see just how many of Washington’s birds we can find.

Use the handy Washington Bird Checklist as a reference if you wish.

Frequently Asked Questions for Birdathon Donors

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Frequently Asked Question for Birdathon Participants

How can I get support with bird identification? Post your bird photo on our Seattle Audubon Facebook community page wit your ID question, or tag us on Instagram (@seattleaudubon) and we can help. You can also email your photo or question to birdathon@seattleaudubon.org

How can I get support with Fundraising? Take a look at our Fundraising Tips & Tricks page and feel free to reach out to us at birdathon@seattleaudubon.org and we can help you develop a personal fundraising plan. 

I’m having trouble with the registration process? Contact Anna Dukes, Member Services Assistant at annad@seattleaudubon.org.

How long do I have to fundraise? In order to be considered for our fundraising prizes please have all donations to Seattle Audubon no later than June 1. Seattle Audubon accepts donation 365 days a year, so even if your donations come in after the deadline it is still supporting our mission and work. 

“It is so fun getting to raise money for an amazing organization, all while birding!”

-Katie, Birdathon 2021 participant

“We saw two Anna’s Hummingbird chicks! Nearby, we saw a nesting Pied-billed Grebe and some Mallard ducklings. It was great to see the birds thriving.”

-Anthony, Birdathon 2021 participant

Anna’s Hummingbird / Duke Coonrad / Audubon Photography Awards

Thank you to our 2021 Birdathon Sponsors and Prize Donors