Birdathon Rules

  • ASNV members as well as non-members are eligible to compete. The only requirement for participation is that each participant must secure at least one pledge of a donation for ASNV. Participants should record all pledges on a sponsor sheet (click here).
     
  • Participants can bird in teams of two to five.
     
  • The Birdathon must be completed in a contiguous 24-hour period between April 21 and May 21, 2017. 
     
  • At least half the members of a team must identify the bird in order for it to be placed on the team's list.
     
  • All team members must bird together.
     
  • Teams must not use recordings to call birds or induce them to respond. (Teams may, however, use a smart phone app or similar device, played at low volume, to help them identify a bird call that they heard.)
     
  • Following the Birdathon outing, team members should contact their sponsors and advise them of how many species the team recorded and the amount of the sponsor’s contribution.  The team member may collect checks made out to ASNV from the sponsor, or the sponsor may pay directly to ASNV by check, credit card, or Paypal.
     
  • Within two weeks after completing its Birdathon outing, a team should submit its list of bird species identified, along with sponsor sheets for all members and any checks collected, to the ASNV office, via email or postal service.
     
  • In order for a team to be eligible for the “most species identified” prize, the Birdathon must be completed in Northern Virginia – defined as the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities encompassed within. Teams birding outside this area, however, are eligible for other prizes that may be offered.
     
  • Prizes given for raising the most funds will be based on money received by the ASNV office as of June 6, 2016.