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Birdathon 2017 dates

Birdathon Workshop

03/05/2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Log Cabin at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
We hope you will attend to learn more about making the best out of Birdathon 2017. Whether you are a seasoned or beginning birder, there is something for everyone to learn. Refreshments and a registration gift will be provided. Note: Additional parking is available at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church parking lot.
Contact Information
Nichol Kiefer
(713) 932-1639

You can attend one or more of the following informative sessions. Please check the ones you will attend on the registration form so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.

  • 2:00-2:15 Birdathon Registration: Register today if you're ready to go.
  • 2:15-3:00 “E-Bird” with Richard Gibbons: Learn how eBird can help plan your birding big day and contribute to citizen science.
  • 3:00-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-3:45 “Plan Your Birdathon” with Julia Garrett and Barbara Tilton: Learn the tricks of the trade in fundraising and birding from some of the best.
  • 3:45-4:00 Break
  • 4:00-4:30 “Birding 101” with Mary Anne Weber: Learn how to spot and locate birds, general rules and etiquette for birding.

What is Birdathon?

Birdathon is a team-birding fundraiser that started back in 1981 and continues to grow each year.  Teams are typically made of 4 participants. Teams compete to count as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period and raise money much like any marathon. Birdathon includes an awards celebration at the end of the competition.

Everyone is welcome to participate! If you are new to birding, please join the fun. We have veterans and experts that will help you along the way and can even join your team. Birdathon is a great way to enjoy spring migration and support Houston Audubon at the same time.


Birdathon 2016 by the Numbers

Birdathon Sponsors 2016
Birdathon Sponsors 2016
  • $42,536.00 in Donations
  • 27 Birdathon Teams
  • 3 Birdathon/BirdFest Corporate Sponsors
  • 4 Award Categories
  • 8 Birdathon Prize Donors
  • 2 Birdathon Parties (Kickoff Party and Birdathon Celebration Party)

None of this would have been possible without our dedicated participants, fearless team leaders, caring sponsors, and giving donors.

Thank you to our enthusiastic Birdathon Committee— Cindy Bartos, Judith Schott, and Pam Smolen— for all your help, support and guidance.

Prize Winners 2016

  • Whittington Award (Most Money Raised): Wandering Warblers ($5,495)

    Team members: Jim Winn, Sara Bettencourt, Cindy Bartos, and John Bartos
    Prize: 2-night cabin stay at Ethridge Farms, (4) spots on the Ivory Bill nature boat tour, and breakfast at Mama Jack's Road House Café

  • Oberholser Award (Most Species Identified): High Island Crew (158 species)

    Team members: Winnie Burkett, Julia Garrett, Joanna Friesen, and Barbara Tilton
    Prize: 2-night cabin stay at Cypress Creek Retreat and wine tour and tasting at Westcave Cellars Winery

  • Best Story (from birding day): Edith Moore Eagles

    Team members: Ella, Cate, Monika, and Brad Moore (first year to participate in Birdathon)
    Prize: (4) Tickets to see Shrek The Musical and $100 gift card to Ruggles Green

  • Best Team Photo: Edith Moore Eagles

    Team members: Ella, Cate, Monika, and Brad Moore
    Prize: (4) spots on a Houston Audubon Owl Prowl and $25 gift card to Baskin-Robbins

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