Can we identify 125 bird species in Hernando County on Saturday, February 13? It's up to you!
EVERYONE can participate in the Big Day/Birdathon this year! A birdathon is a fundraising event like a telethon or a walkathon, but with a focus on birds. Usually we have one team scouting for birds all over the county. This year we want EVERYONE to participate. You can do so whether you are birding in your own backyard, your favorite birding spot, or stopping at multiple birding sites throughout Hernando County. Whether you can only participate for 15 minutes, or go birding all day, we hope EVERYONE will spend some time with the birds. For this event, all individuals can be as socially distanced as they want to be while still taking part in this fun activity.
Because this is a fundraiser, we hope that EVERYONE will also make a pledge to Hernando Audubon Society. Please click here to download the pledge form. We assure you that 100 percent of your donation will be used to help Hernando Audubon provide conservation and wildlife education programs and work to protect wildlife habitat. Please fill out the form and make your check payable to Hernando Audubon Society. If your employer will match your donation, please include a matching gift form. Your contact information will only be used to acknowledge your tax-deductible donation. This information will not be shared with any other organization or individual. It will also not be added to the Hernando Audubon mailing list.
At the end of the day on Saturday, we will compile a list of all of the species seen in Hernando County by the individuals participating. The easiest way to send your list to us is to enter your sightings in eBird. After you have submitted your list, on the right side of the page you will notice "Checklist Tools." Scrolling down, you will see "email yourself." Click on that link and you will receive an email listing all the birds you have seen on that checklist. Forward the list to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your list can be added to the countywide compilation. If you don't want to use eBird, you can still send your species list to Bev.
The countywide results will be published in e-NEWS.
Images, counterclockwise from top left: American Kestrel, American Goldfinch, American Oystercatcher, American Robin, American Bittern, American White Pelicans in flight formation.
All photos by courtesy of Bev Hansen.
The Tufted Titmouse says:
This is our most important
fundraiser of the year."