Join the fun!
May is an exciting and excellent month for birding. Migratory birds have returned, so the number and variety of birds should be large. Plus, May can be a profitable month for PAS, too. How so? Bird-a-thon, of course! Here’s a quick synopsis of what’s involved: Get pledge sheets. Sign up sponsors. Find as many bird species as possible in Washington during May. Report your sightings to your sponsors and collect their pledges.
Bird-a-thon is the national Audubon Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, and some chapters raise as much as $15,000 each year. Let’s do this!
How Bird-a-thon works:
You need a sponsor form: You can download the pledge sheet here or get a copy at a program meeting or by contacting coordinator Hilkka Egtvedt at email@example.com or 425.347.4944.
You need sponsors: Ask friends, neighbors, family members – or complete strangers – to sponsor you, either for a maximum total amount or for an amount per species. Remember to tell your sponsors their pledges are fully tax-deductible and will be used for our conservation and education programs.
You need to find birds! You can count bird species during the entire month of May, anywhere in Washington. So, plan outings to your favorite birding sites or explore somewhere new.
You need to collect: At the end of the month, report your sightings to your sponsors, collect their pledges and submit the funds to Hilkka or to PAS Treasurer Carolyn Lacy.
You feel good: Bird-a-thon is exciting and satisfying – some even find it competitive. Form a team, bird on your own. Either way, you have the chance to win a fun prize.
If you’re new to Bird-a-thon, you might just discover it’s the most rewarding, meaningful birding of the year.