The Starr Ranch Birdathon is an important fundraiser that supports all we do here – from nest cams to unique education programs to cutting-edge habitat restoration and research.
Here’s how it works:
In a single 24 hour period starting the evening of April 25th, we’ll set out to see or hear as many different bird species as possible — not just at Starr Ranch, but also at beaches, marshes, mountains and other Orange County habitats.
Before we set out, we ask folks to pledge an amount for every species we see or hear. When the 24 hours are up, we tally what we saw/heard and I’ll post a species list and recap and also email to you your final pledge amount (your pledge multiplied by the number of bird species we saw/heard) with a link to fulfill it online or how to send a check.
Any pledge amount is appreciated.
During last year’s Starr Ranch Birdathon, we saw or heard 174 species, a new record for us! Click HERE for a recap of 2013. Expert birders Bruce Aird (President of the Sea and Sage Audubon Chapter) and Steve Alter (Sea and Sage’s Christmas Bird Count Coordinator) played a huge part in setting that record and have agreed to accompany me again this year – and to hopefully set yet a new record. Also joining us will be Tom Ford-Hutchinson.
There’s also another record we’d like to break – total pledges per species. Last year we started out with approximately $66/species pledged. This comprised pledges anywhere from $.25 to $5 per species. Again, any and every pledge helps. Our goal is $200/species pledged.
Some Starr Ranch Birdathon “Perks”:
Any pledge of $1/species or more gets a Starr Ranch T-shirt!
When it comes time to fulfill your pledge, if it was $1 or more you’ll be able to select the size and style at that time.
Guess the number of species we’ll see/hear and win a Starr Ranch T-shirt OR free admission to one of our hawk or owl banding events!. No pledge or donation required (but would be appreciated). Simply provide your name, email address, and guess below and then click Submit after answering the math quiz. First person to guess correctly or is closest wins!
Guess the 100th species we’ll see/hear and win a Starr Ranch T-shirt OR free admission to one of our hawk or owl banding events!. No pledge or donation required (but would be appreciated). Simply provide your name, email address, and guess below and then click Submit after answering the math quiz. First person to guess correctly wins!
If you’d like to donate a flat amount, click HERE. Please be sure to click the “Birdathon Gift” button when you enter your donation amount and also make sure you provide your email address so that I can contact you for a T-shirt size/style (for donations of $100 or more). Flat donations can also try to win a t-shirt(s) by guessing below the number of species we’ll see/here and/or the 100th species. Simply fill in your name, email address and guesses before submitting.
Starr Ranch Manager