For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014
Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager
(207) 781-6180 x209
Mobile: (207) 838-0511
Maine Audubon’s Birdathon to Take Place May 17
FALMOUTH – Maine Audubon’s annual statewide Birdathon will take place on Saturday, May 17. The Birdathon is a bird-watching event during spring migration in which participants try to identify as many bird species as possible in one day. The Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon that supports our mission to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a beginning or serious birder, you can join the fun!
Maine Audubon kicked off the Birdathon in 1999 as a friendly competition to encourage birders and nature enthusiasts to get outside and document how many bird species they can see in one day. Supporters make pledges per bird spotted or a one-time donation. 143 species were identified in the first year. “The Birdathon is a great way to get outside, support Maine Audubon and engage in some friendly competition,” said Maine Audubon staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox. “We encourage everyone in the community to get involved, whether you want to form a team or pledge your support.”
Join the fun!
You can participate in three ways:
- Register your own team
- Pledge to support a team
- Submit a one-time donation to support a team
For more information, contact Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, at (207) 781-2330 x237 or [email protected].
About Maine Audubon
Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization in the state, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.
Conserving Maine’s wildlife. For everyone.
Please visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information.
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