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Counting Birds for Conservation

For one day a year, thousands of Americans, from Maine to California, are marathon birders, flocking to fields, ponds and tree groves to count as many bird species as possible in the Audubon Birdathon. It is the world's largest competitive bird watching event.

The Audubon Birdathon is a competitive fund-raising bird count. Participants seek sponsors to pledge donations - from 10¢ to $10 or more - for each bird species seen in a 24-hour period. Audubon chapters will hold birdathons through the United States during April and May to coincide with peak migration periods.

From dawn to late in the evening, birders will tally every bird species seen for their favorite conservation cause. Since most groups expect to see between 100 to 200 species, the birders raise thousands of dollars for local conservation projects. Funds raised by the Mobile Bay Chapter of the National Audubon Society will be used to support the Audubon Adventures programs in 4th and 5th grades of our local schools. A $35.00 donation will provide a one year's subscription to Audubon Adventures for a classroom. "Saving habitat by educating children".

You can participate in one of two ways:

  1. Be a Counter: Join a Birdathon group and count species during any 24 hour period. Get sponsors to make pledges for each species you count.
  2. Be a Sponsor: Pledge any amount - 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, or $1.00 per species reported or you may give a flat amount. Your contributions are tax deductible.

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For more information regarding the Birdathon program contact:
Elizabeth Williams


Print, complete and mail the form below to

Elizabeth Williams
Mobile Bay Audubon Society
PO Box 483
Fairhope, AL 36522



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