Charlotte Birdathon

Saturday, 18 April is the date for the 2020 Birdathon fund raiser. Get a team together and see if you can find and see the most birds in Charlotte County while raising money for PRAS projects.

You can start any time after midnight, great for owling, and the fund raiser will end at 5 PM at Bayshore Live Oak Park to compare notes and collect pledges. It is always fun to see which team has the most birds and pledges. We are planning on having pizza again, so bring a drink for the wrap up.

You can email me or call 586-214-4546 to let me know if you have a team and want to participate. You can also contact me if you would like to make a pledge or a donation.  If you are looking to join a team, contact me, maybe I can find a spot for you.

Dave Lancaster
Birdathon coordinator



So What Is A Birdathon Anyway?

birdathonOur 1st annual Birdathon, 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 finding as many different species of wild birds as possible. This fund raising 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 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 individual teams during the Birdathon. For past results click here.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 is the date for the 2020 Birdathon. This is a chance to support an environmental organization and have PRAS support. My team donates their pledges to the Peace River Wildlife Center at Ponce De Leon Park in Punta Gorda.  Kathy Olson’s team has supported many organizations over the years, (see the PRAS web site).

Get a team together and join in the fun or have a “Big Day of Birding” and see how many species of birds you can see in Charlotte County. We meet at Live Oaks Park on Bayshore Drive at 5 PM to review our list of birds, have pizza and collect our pledges. Two teams have cancelled this year and we need some new teams to make this year’s Birdathon a success.

If you need more information and would like to enter a team, please contact me.

Dave Lancaster
Birdathon coordinator


Where Does the Money Raised Go?

The proceeds from this year’s Birdathon is placed in the Peace River Audubon Society Youth Environmental Education Fund, which was established to support youth environmental education programs within Charlotte or DeSoto Counties. These programs include (but are not limited to) the 4th Grade Environmental 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 PRAS Scholarship fund, awarded to college students from our area studying in areas of Environmental Science is included.

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.


Rules & Entry Forms (PDF)



Invitation to enter the 19th Annual Charlotte Birdathon

April 18, 2020

Objective:  To have fun while raising money for youth environmental education.


  1. Teams may consist of two, three, or four members who will find bird species 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.
  4. Only birds seen or heard within Charlotte County can be counted.
  5. Only birds seen or heard between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the count day can be counted.
  6. No artificial aids, such as bird call tapes, can be used.
  7. The Birdathon will start and finish at any time and place you choose in Charlotte County, any time after midnight on count day. All teams will meet at 5 PM at a central location to share results and celebrate. Participants will be notified of the place.
  8. Teams will solicit sponsors and will collect contributions based on number of species  seen by their team., or a flat contribution. Members may sponsor themselves. Funds collected should be turned in to the Birdathon coordinator no later than the April PRAS meeting.

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 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 or DeSoto County.

Contact Dave Lancaster at or 586-214-4546 for additional information.

Teams can be entered as late as the Friday before the Birdathon. For last minute entry, call or email Dave Lancaster: