Calling all Birders: Birdathon 2019!

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Birdathon 2019 is underway! How does it work? Like a walk-a-thon, Birdathon participants collect pledges from friends and family. Then, during any 24-hour period between April 19 and May 19, participants record how many species they can identify. The more species they identify, the more funds they raise! Birdathoners also import their data into eBird, an online database of bird observations run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Birdathon helps ASNV continue to support outdoor education, support citizen science, advocate for habitat conservation, and encourage people to plant native plants and foster native wildlife. Birdathon also helps ornithologists better understand spring migration, which is happening right now!

All birding levels are welcome. Participants can form teams of up to five, but team members must also donate or secure their own pledges. Sightings and donations are due on June 4, 2019. Report your Birdathon sightings by on eBird and email your list to

Ready to get started? Register your team here. Now go out and have a great day birding! 

All participants and their supporters are invited to join us on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190 at 2:30 p.m. for our Annual Meeting, where we’ll announce the winners of the “Most Species Counted” and “Most Money Raised” competitions. We’ll also have a live raptor presentation from Secret Garden Birds and Bees.