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So What Is A Birdathon Anyway?

Our 1st annual Bird-A-Thon, organized by George Marks, was held on April 21, 2002. The Charlotte Birdathon is an opportunity to have fun with friends, challenge yourself, and to raise money for a good cause. One day each spring PRAS members and others interested birders survey the countryside and coastal areas of Charlotte County in teams or as individual photographers finding as many different species of wild birds as possible. This fundraising event is reminiscent of a walkathon but instead of walking, participants are birding or photographing birds. See RULES for details.

Prior to the big day, participants look for sponsors. Sponsors are any individual or organization who would like to pledge an amount such as 10¢ per bird species identified or a fixed amount of $20 or whatever amount the donor chooses.

You can join in the fun by forming a team of friends, picking a name, and scouring the county on bird day. Also, please find a few individuals or businesses to sponsor to your team. If you can't be there on the big day, join us by pledging a contribution.

If you would like to participate on April 6th either by making a pledge or by joining us that day, please email the Birdathon Coordinator.

After the big day, teams will collect the money from their sponsors, and turn it in to the Birdathon coordinator no later than the next PRAS meeting in April .  The "per species" amount pledged will be calculated on the total bird species seen by all teams combined during the Birdathon. For past results click here.

Where Does the Money Raised Go?

The proceeds from this year's Birdathon will be placed in the Peace River Auduson Society Youth Environmental Education Fund, which was established to support youth environmental education programs within Charlotte County. These programs include (but are not limited to) the 4th Grade Enviornmental Education Field Trip Program which is conducted by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) in cooperation with the Charlotte County Public School System, interpretative wading trips for second-grade classes, educating them about the marine flora and fauna of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary System (also provided by CHEC), and Audubon Adventures magazines for third and fourth grade classes upon request. The education fund may be expanded to include DeSoto County as there is no Audubon Society there.

Here is your opportunity to enjoy the excitement of participating in a Birdathon and make a difference by supporting worthy causes. Understanding through education is the key to developing a love and life-long appreciation of our valuable natural resources. You can help our young people gain that appreciation.

Invitation to enter the 13th Annual Charlotte Birdathon 2014

Saturday, April 5
? a.m. until 5 p.m.

To have fun while raising money
for youth environmental education.


Category 1 teams may consist of two, three, or four members who will find bird species anywhere in Charlotte County.
Category 2 teams will have two members who will find birds in a restricted area of their own choosing in Charlotte County. The restrictions must be specified on the application.
Category 3 is for individuals who will photograph as many species as possible anywhere in Charlotte County

2. Team members should remain together and may not split into subteams.
3. Only bird species seen or heard by at least two team members can be counted. Identifiable photographs are the proof for Category 3 individuals.
4. Only birds seen, heard, or photographed by team members within Charlotte County can be counted.
5. Only birds seen, heard or photographed by team members between the hours of 12:01 a.m. until 5 p.m. can be counted.
6. No artificial aids, such as bird call tapes, can be used.
7. The Birdathon will start at a time and place of your own choosing, after midnight We typically have begun at 7 AM, but some have requested an earlier start to search for owls. All teams will meet at 5 PM at a central location to share results and celebrate. Notice of place and arrangements will be in the March White Bird and posted on the PRAS Updates email .

There is no cost for entry, but team members are requested to obtain some sponsorship or a pledge of so many cents per species. A sponsorship of at least $10 per team member or a pledge of at least 10 cents per bird species seen by all teams combined would be very gratefully received. All money raised will be used by Peace River Audubon Society to further the environmental education of young people in Charlotte County.

Click here for rules and entry forms or contact Dave Lancaster at birdathon@peaceriveraudubon.org or (586) 214-0203.

Teams can be entered as late as Friday, April 4. For last minute entry, call or email Dave Lancaster: DJL8339@comcast.net.

Rules and Participant Forms

Note: The Peace River Audubon Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Federal tax ID number is 59-2190872.
We do not engage a professional solicitor and 100% of the funds generated by this request will be used to support our chapter programs.
Our registration number with the FDA Division of Consumer Services is SC-040701.



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