Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) and the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) announce the 7th Annual Tim McKay Birdathon happening April 30 to May 7, 2022. Please join in the fun and support two organizations that have the community’s back when it comes to environmental conservation.
Tim McKay was a great friend to the environment and Executive Director of the NEC for thirty years. While at the helm of that organization, Tim began holding annual Birdathons and splitting the funds raised with RRAS. Tim had the charisma to cajole many folks from the local birding community to participate, which involves forming teams of birders whose goal is to see, hear, and identify as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period. Team sponsors pledge to contribute a set amount for every species observed. After Tim’s untimely death at the age of 59, the Birdathon lapsed for a while, but some of his old friends rejuvenated it as a way of remembering him. The pandemic halted the birdathon for the last couple of years, but it is back and everyone is welcome to participate.
Go birding for a day, keep records of your species list and ask your friends and relatives to help you by contributing a nickel or more per species. This year’s Birdathon will offer three different categories in which you can participate:
Standard 24- hour Big Day style outings – For this category, teams of two or more will spend most of an entire day in the field searching for as many bird species as possible. Each team member will be responsible for obtaining their own pledges for their team and the team leader will coordinate the team’s effort to collect pledges and get them to the NEC.
Six Hour Blitz – This category is for those teams or individuals that want to limit their search time to six hours. In this group, members will select one day during the count period to spend six continuous hours finding birds either traveling in a vehicle, on a bicycle, walking, or being stationary. As above, team leaders or individuals will have the responsibility to collect pledges and turn them into the contact at the NEC.
Youth – This category is for students in grades K-12 and would be limited to two hours in duration. Any group of students that form a team, complete the fundraising portion and spend at least two hours identifying birds will qualify for the prizes available.
Prizes such as New Nikon Monarch binoculars, a spotting scope and tripod, a pelagic bird watching trip, various dinners, and more will be awarded to the members of the winning teams in each category that bring in the most money. Remember, you can look for birds from any location and as long as you have donors signed up to support your efforts, you can qualify for the competition and prizes. Please visit www.yournec.org for more information and to register as a team or an individual. Team names are encouraged but not mandatory.