Please check back for information about the next Birdathon.
So What Is A Birdathon Anyway?
Our 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.
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)
- To be announced