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Ready, Set, Birdathon! May 7, 2017

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The 2017 Charleston Audubon Society Spring Bird Count will be held on Sunday, May 7. Our chapter has conducted this count for many years, and the data we collect is extremely valuable in detecting long-term trends in bird populations.

And this year we’re again making this a fundraising effort with our annual Birdathon!


          ›››  Participation is easy: Learn How (below)

The money we raise during the Birdathon will be used to support ongoing work at our McAlhany Nature Preserve (MNP) and other local chapter activities.

Our 15-mile diameter “count circle” (the same area used on the Charleston Christmas Bird Count) is divided into territories, and groups of observers led by experienced birders record the numbers of species and individuals they see or hear in their territory over the course of the day. This is birding with a purpose, but it is usually a lot of fun too!

Download:

Pledge Form


P A R T I C I P A T I O N

There are three easy ways to participate:
  1. MAKE A PLEDGE
    You can pledge a fixed amount ($10, $25 or $50, for example) or pledge a specific amount per species identified. (We usually observe between 150 and 170 species on a Spring Count). Use the small pledge form (see download, above) or send your pledge via e-mail to parula23@aol.com (please put Spring Bird Count in the subject line).

  2. SIGN-UP SPONSORS
    Don’t hesitate to ask friends, relatives and neighbors to support the Birdathon! You can distribute copies of the pledge form for donations, or have sponsors sign-up with you, and collect their pledged amounts after the Spring Count (totals will be available 7-10 days after the Count.)

  3. JOIN THE COUNT
    Anyone, whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting started, is encouraged to participate in the Spring Count. Groups - each led by an experienced birder - will record the numbers of species and individual birds they identify in their assigned territory over the course of the day. Afterward all of the team reports are compiled into a single report.

    To join the count, please contact Andy Harrison who is coordinating this year’s Count and Birdathon: Call 795-6934 or