Birdathon 2017

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Birdathon 2017


Get Ready for Birdathon 2017!
Gather you team, pick your date, and start promoting.


What is Birdathon?

Birdathon is an important annual fundraising event that involves all ASGD supporters – and their friends, family, co-workers, and others – in one of America’s most popular hobbies and the number one sport: bird watching! And the great part is you don’t have to be an expert birder to participate.

3 Ways You Can Participate:


Form a Team

Count birds within a continuous 24 hour period – give or take – and collect pledges from sponsors: friends, family, coworkers, your auto mechanic, businesses, and anyone else you can think of. You don’t have to travel far and wide, and you don’t have to do the full 24 hours on your Birdathon. You can count birds at your feeders over the course of a day, or you can go all out and visit all the parks in Denver (which by the way has the most parks in the US: over 200!). You choose whether you want to do a marathon Birdathon or just a sprint.


Join a Team

Many teams are heading out in May to locations throughout Denver and beyond. Just give us a call to register for one of those listed below or to sponsor one of these teams. Each team member must raise at least $50 to support their team. Call 303-973-9530 or email for more team details.


Support a Team

Pledge your support to one of the teams that will be out in the field counting birds. Pledges can be based on the number of species you see, or you can pledge a flat amount.


2017 Teams


The Fanatic Fledglings (Staff & Volunteer Team)

Friday, May 5
Team Members: Karl Brummert, Rhonda Shank, Kate Hogan, Emily Hertz, Alex Collopy, Carolyn Roark, Catherine Devitt, Jeanne McCune, Kathy Ford, Betty Glass
Contact Information: 303-973-9530;
Target Species Number: Anywhere between 1 and 100 species
The Plan: We are planning to beginning our birding at Cherry Creek State Park. From there, we will head to the Audubon Center, Harriman Lake, Red Rocks, and possibly Lair o’ the Bear. We welcome anyone else to join us!
Donate to the Fanatic Fledglings


Sunday, May 14
Team Members: Urling & Hugh Kingery
Contact Information: 303-814-2723;
Target Species Number: 100 species
The Plan: Birding up north and around Franktown
Donate to the Kingbirds

The Colorado Longspurz

Saturday, May 20
Team Members: Chris Goulart, Renée Casais, Jesse Casais, Chris Gilbert
Contact Information: Chris Goulart, 586-764-2126;
Target: 100 species
The Plan: Bird for 24 hours following ABA rules and raise TONS of money for the Audubon Society Of Greater Denver.
Donate to the Colorado Longspurz

4 Vets in Search of a Bird

Saturday, May 20
Team Members: Mackenzie Goldthwait, Doug Kibbe, Jeff Dawson, Judy Henderson
Contact Information: 303-910-9476
Target: 172 birds
Challenge pledges are encouraged: Examples: Extra $$ for each owl; Double pledge amount for all species found before sunup; Triple pledge amount for all birds photographed, Quadruple pledge for all species confirmed breeding
The Plan:What plan? Yikes!
Donate to 4 Vets in Search of a Bird

Hypoxic Featherheads

Saturday, May 20
Team Members: Diane Hutton, Benny Mullis, and Lanny Mullis
Target: 105 birds
The Plan:24 hours of pure birding bliss!
Donate to Hypoxic Featherheads

Arsenal Adventurers

Sunday, May 21
Team Members: Kristin Salamack, Michelle Ostrander, Pamela Thomas, Leslie & Wayne Dixon
Contact Information: 518-441-2827;
Target Species Number: 70
The Plan: Meet at the main Rocky Mountain Arsenal Visitor’s Center parking lot at 6:30 AM and spend the day looking for birds along the various woodland, wetland, and prairie trails.
Donate to the Arsenal Adventurers

Mike’s Magpies

Sunday May 21
Team Members: Mike Foster, Anya Hess, Diana Hornick, Dina Baker, Julia Pott, David Hennes
Target Species: 50
The Plan: Lair O’ the Bear, Red Rocks, and Wheat Ridge Greenbelt
Donate to Mike’s Magpies



What is Birdathon?

Birdathon is an important annual fundraising event that involves all ASGD supporters in one of America’s most popular hobbies: bird watching! And the great part is you don’t have to be an expert birder to participate.

All contributions to the Birdathon are tax deductible and support the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Donations can be based on the number of species seen, or they can be a flat amount.


  • Get your pledges lined up before the day you select to conduct your outing. These may be either as dollars per species or a lump sum. Some donors may even seek to challenge you further, offering extra dollars for every species you find breeding!
  • Plan your outing during any continuous 24 hour period in May for the best weather and to the habitats where you are likely to find a variety of birds.
  • Conduct your tally (species seen or heard only, no need to count individuals) within any period during  May in Colorado.
  • Let your supporters know how you did, and let them share in your excitement while you collect the pledged amounts. Let them know everything you saw, the surprises you found, including the missed “sure bets” you thought you had pinned down, and the excuses you generate en route (e.g “our navigator fell asleep so we were lost for an hour”, “we were so mesmerized by the Bobolink that we couldn’t tear ourselves away”. etc)
  • All pledges are tax deductible and donors will, upon request, be given a receipt.