It’s Time for Birdathon!

By Andy McCormick, Birdathon coordinator

The birds have been arriving in Washington after their spring migrations, singing and ready to nest. They’re ready for Birdathon, are you? Join us to help the birds.

There are many ways to Birdathon. We will have three Birdathon teams going out on Big Days, led by Hugh Jennings, Jim Rettig, and Andy McCormick. Those teams will be working to spot as many bird species as possible within 24 hours. We also have chapter members doing their own Birdathon. Many others will donate to the effort.  

Our ten field trip adventures are waiting for you. Registering for them on the Eastside Audubon website is so easy! We will be out looking for migrating spring warblers, vireos, flycatchers, shorebirds and possible spring surprises. A $25 donation is requested for attending these trips, but you can donate any amount.

We are grateful that The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona has challenged our chapter again and all donations up to $15,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation.

There’s a way for everyone to help meet the Robidoux Foundation challenge during Birdathon. You can get new ideas for Birdathon at our website or be creative and tell us your ideas.

So join us! We’ll look for you on a field trip. Or support a Big Day team. Go out on your own to count birds, or count the birds at your feeders and send in a donation. Every bit helps and supports the chapter’s conservation and education programming, especially our bird-friendly communities and youth education campaigns, ongoing restoration work at Marymoor Park, divestment from fossil fuels, and preservation of natural habitat in East King County.

Please make your most generous gift today! Your support means a lot to the chapter and to the birds. Your Birdathon leadership team thanks you.

On behalf of the birds,

Andy McCormick, Birdathon Coordinator, and Lori Danielson, Board President.

Golden-crowned Kinglet by Mick Thompson

Golden-crowned Kinglet by Mick Thompson