Hey! Guess what! I'm leading a Birdathon team this year!
Don't know what that means? Well, Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for the Audubon Society of Portland. Teams of birders choose a location (or several) to bird over a specific amount of time. For example, I've birded with Laura Whittemore's team, Whittemore's Whatzits, at Steigerwald Lake NWR for a half day. Teams raise money through pledges from their friends and family. People can pledge money per species seen, per owl seen, per bird seen while walking a dog, etc. The possibilities are endless.
My team, The Bloggerhead Shrikes, will be a little different. First off, we are a "virtual" team. We will all be raising money for the same team, but we will bird on our own and promote our team through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, etc.
Why is my team the best? Because YOU can join it! That's right. You don't have to be in Portland. you don't have to be in Oregon. You can do your part ANYWHERE! All you have to do is register to join my team on the Birdathon website. Pick a time and place between April 25th and June 8th and head out!
Don't want to do the dirty work and go birding? That's cool too- you can still pledge me! Just go to my personal page and click on Pledge. You can do a one-time pledge amount or pledge an amount per species seen or whatever challenge you wish to give me!
I have yet to select my specific day and time, but it will most likely be a motorless adventure to all my favorite local patches. I'm hoping for 75 species. I think on my previous Birdathon half-day outings we've had 50-60 species.
I hope you all can join me this spring! I mean, join me virtually, of course...