Birdathon Day Today!

Today is my Baillie Birdathon! I’m in the house now for a bit of a break and some food, since I was up and out of the house around 4 am this morning. So far I’ve seen 67 species in about six hours, including five Baltimore Orioles in the woods on our farm. Another 13 species, and 17 hours, to go to meet my goals!

Thank you all very much for your patience and support as I keep writing about this.

If you would like to support me, my Baillie Birdathon page is here. I’m raising money for Bird Studies Canada and for our local naturalist society, to pay for programs and speakers. My Birdathon goal is to see 80 species (last year I saw 79), and my financial goal was $500, but I’ve already raised $1,215 with so much generous support. You can still give for another 62 days (until the end of July), and all donations of at least $10 are tax deductible.

My Edmonton Nature Club friends Curtis and Michelle, who already made an amazing donation to my Birdathon this year, have made the following Birdathon offer now that I’ve reached $1,000: $2/bird seen to my own effort, $2/bird seen to Beaverhill Lake Bird Observatory, and $2/bird seen to the Edmonton Nature Club.

One of my new birder friends, Bird Boy, who is nine years old, is participating in this year’s Baillie Birdathon, with a goal of raising $300. His Birdathon blog post is here, and here is his Baillie Birdathon donation page.

If you are doing the Baillie Birdathon too before the end of this month (tomorrow!), please leave a link to your page in the comments!

I’m heading back out shortly. Wish me luck staying up as long as possible and seeing more bird species!

A Gadwall very early this morning,


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