2014 Bloomin' Birdathon Reports
The following are reports to sponsors from ANS members participating in the 2014 Bloomin' Birdathon.
"This year John Bjerke and I tied our all-time record of seeing or hearing 81 species during the 2014 Audubon Naturalist Society's Bloomin' Birdathon.
Our objective is to raise funds to support the environmental education and local advocacy work of ANS. We lower our carbon footprint by visiting wild places by foot or by Metro.
On my walk down hill from my apartment building in the pre-dawn on May 9, I heard a Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, American Robin, and Gray Catbird. Two Mallards (male and female) were on the lawn in front of an apartment building near Connecticut Avenue!" Read more.
-- Neal Fitzpatrick
"Monday, May 12, was our ANS Birdathon day. When I got to Diane's house at 7:15, I had 18 bird species on my backyard list, including the American Robin nesting in the cedar outside my study window. Since Diane's backyard is (almost) Rock Creek Park, she added more (and more exotic) species right away, including Yellow-billed Cuckoo and an amazing Wilson's Warbler.
The weather forecast was for a high near 90°, so we had lots of water in a big cooler. What with hot weather and one bad knee each, we tried to "bird smart": we'd coax every birding site do its best and then we'd be back in the car. But we had to beat last year's total of 75 species.
We wandered around Rock Creek Park near her house for a bit but soon decided to go up to the part of the park near Aspen Hill Road to listen for the Nashville warbler Diane had heard the day before. Mr. Nashville was nowhere to be seen or heard, but we got nice looks at a preening Scarlet Tanager, watched an Eastern Kingbird fly-catching, and saw a Barred Owl driven from its perch by a couple of angry American Robins. A tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird was icing on the cake." Read more.
-- Cecily Nabors & Diane Ford
And the Bird's Nest Crown Goes To . . . ANS!
In the first-ever Battle of the Beltway Birdathons, ANS came out on top finishing with a little more than 750 species counted and Irvine Nature Center with nearly 450. The real winner was nature in the Baltimore and DC metro region!
Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 ANS Bloomin' Birdathon. We look forward to partnering with you and Irvine Nature Center again next year.
Pictured: ANS Executive Director Lisa Alexander and Irvine Nature Center Executive Director W. Brooks Paternotte shake hands during the crowining ceremony at ANS headquarters on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
In 2014 ANS kicked up the level of competition on our annual Bloomin' Birdathon fundraising event. We went head-to-head with Irvine Nature Center in a friendly competition we called the Battle of the Beltway Birdathons! ANS came out on top in the competition, winning the Bird's Nest Crown for the greatest number of birds counted.
What's the Birdathon?
Over the course of one month each spring, individuals or teams count as many wildflower or bird species as they can in one 24-hour period. Sponors pledge or donate to ANS based on the numbers counted -- that's the gist of our annual Bloomin Birdathon. Now in its 34th year, this fun event provides an opportunity to raise critical funds for our local conservation and education programs while engaging in an outdoor activity on your own or with colleagues, family, and friends.
How Does it Work?
It's easy. Just follow these simple guidelines:
- Count wildflower and/or bird species during any 24-hour period of the Birdathon, Earth Day, April 22 through Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.
- Choose any location you'd like -- sit on your couch and count the visitors to your backyard bird feeder, go for a walk in the park, spend a day at the beach!
- Ask colleagues, family and friends to sponsor your efforts (or just sponsor yourself!) with a per species amount for every bird or wildflower species you count or ask them to make a fixed donation.
- Tell your sponsors all about your adventures!
- Mail in your collected pledges and donations, including your own tax-deductible gift to:
ANS Bloomin' Birdathon
8940 Jones Mill Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
All proceeds directly benefit ANS's environmental education and conservation programs. All donations are tax-deductible.
Ready to Get Started
- Email Antoinette Sooh so we can add your name to this year's list of participants
- Reach out to your sponsors
- Pick a date for your count (any 24-hour period between April 22 and May 26, 2014)
- Pick a location (or a two, three, four, etc.)
- Head out and have a great time while helping out for a great cause!
- Don't forget to send in your dontations.
Are you a Counter?
If you're a counter in this year's Birdathon, find additional resources below to boost your numbers and organize your pledges.
- Don't want to go it alone? Sign up to Join a Team
- Count during our Weekend Bird Walks
- Free Birding Trips
- Sign up for a Fee-Based Trip
- Sponsor sheet
- Birds of Maryland checklist
- Wildflower checklist
Interested in being a sponsor or just want to give?
- We appreciate your support, please feel free to sponsor any of the teams or indivdiuals on our 2014 participant list: List of individuals or teams to sponsor
- Make a donation online
- Make a donation by check:
ANS Bloomin' Birdathon
8940 Jones Mill RdChevy Chase, MD 20815
(please note on the check the person you are sponsoring)
If you have any questions regarding the Bloomin' Birdathon, please email Antoinette Sooh.