Birdathon 2019 by the Numbers
34 teams registered
93 participants registered, including 44 new to Birdathon
97 elementary school participants, including 32 first-time birders
237 cumulative species identified
7 award categories
6 corporate sponsors
7 prize donors
2 parties: Kickoff Workshop and Awards Celebration
We marked the end of Birdathon 2019 with an awards celebration in appreciation of the fantastic teams that birded for our cause and helped us raise $42,752 in the process!
Our big success of the year was that we were able to engage more participants than ever before! Of the 93 registered, 44 were new to Birdathon. And we can’t forget about the kiddos – The Branch School had 97 students participate, of which 32 were first-time birders (or, as we like to call them, baby birders). The afternoon kicked off with tacos from Tacos a Go Go and a delicious ice cream bar by Amy’s Ice Creams. Surprise guest RC the rooster, from our education team, was eggcited to entertain people before we moved on to the awards.
The winners of the Whittington Award for Most Funds Raised were returning champs, High Island Crew, with a whopping $5,834. The Oberholser Award for Most Species Identified went to first-year team Feather Struck, with an impressive 172 species identified within 24 hours. The Rookies of the Year were first-year team Bad Birders of Houston, who also took home the prize for the Best Story. Keep scrolling to find out the rest of the winners, the Top 10 leaderboards, and to view photos from the event.
Birdathon 2019 was a huge success due to our invested participants, generous donors and sponsors, and our hard-working staff and Birdathon Committee members. Thank you to all for caring and helping us create a better world for birds, together. We hope you’ll join us for Birdathon 2020!
|Oberholser/Most Species Identified||Feather Struck with 172 species|
|Whittington/Most Funds Raised||High Island Crew with $5,734|
|Rookie of the Year||Bad Birders of Houston are a first-year team that raised $4,529 and identified 155 species|
|Raven Award for most corvids||High Island Crew with 31 corvids|
|Best Story||Bad Birders of Houston|
|Best Team Name||No Egrets|
|Best Photo||Steve Astrich (Magnolia Warbler invading my personal space)|
High Island Crew team
Rookie of the Year award
Best Photo award
First-time birders standing for recognition
Top 10 Leaderboard – Most Species
|Place||Team Name||Team Captain||Species|
|1||Feather Struck||Andrew Hamlett||172|
|2||Noddy Roadrunners||Lee Kobs||167|
|3||Running with Scissor-tails||Pete Deichmann||166|
|4||Chasing GREGs||Greg Whittaker||163|
|5||Bad Birders of Houston||Stuart Nelson||155|
|6||High Island Crew||Winnie Burkett||147|
|7||Wingin' It!||Zineera Seth||145|
|8||Muddy Buddies||Winnie Burkett||134|
|9||Nighthawks At The Diner||John Bartos||129|
|10||Swift Chicks||Pam Smolen||122|
Top 10 Leaderboard – Most Funds Raised
|Place||Team Name||Team Captain||Funds Raised|
|1||High Island Crew||Winnie Burkett||$5,834|
|2||Bad Birders of Houston||Stuart Nelson||$4,529|
|3||Swift creepers||Skip Almoney||$2,450|
|4||Muddy Buddies||Winnie Burkett||$1,860|
|5||Chasing GREGs||Greg Whittaker||$1,830|
|6||Melodious Meadowlarks||Jim Winn||$1,600|
|7||Hermann's Herons||Jim Winn||$1,501|
|8||Swift Chicks||Pam Smolen||$1,375|
|9||Hawkward Fledglings||Dana Borham||$1,180|
|10||Nighthawks At The Diner||John Bartos||$1,035|
The kickoff workshop was held on March 10, 2019.
Final event where the results and winners were announced. Held on May 19, 2019.
Results and photos from the 2018 competition.