2017 Delaware Bird-A-Thon

Birding For Conservation Makes Cents

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Why Participate?

This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the well-being of birds in Delaware. [Printable Brochure] Spend a few hours, an afternoon, or all day enjoying nature and watching migratory birds in the name of bird conservation. Through an alliance with DNREC and The Conservation Fund–America’s foremost non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting wildlife habitat–98% of all proceeds will go directly toward purchasing and enhancing land in Delaware. This land can provide vital migratory habitat for species such as the Red Knot. It’s a great way to help the birds and qualify for some fantastic prizes.

What is a Bird-A-Thon?

A Bird-A-Thon is a fundraiser much like a walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon where individuals or teams count the number of different bird species seen or heard in a 24 hour period. Each participant collects pledges from family, friends, relatives, neighbors or businesses for each species found. The goal of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon is to raise funds to protect and restore habitat for migratory shorebirds. In addition, 10% of Bird-A-Thon funds will be used for a DOS Conservation Science Grant program that supports bird conservation research in our region.

Delaware Bird-A-Thon funded projects:

  • Acquired 17 acres of bayshore habitat at Fowler Beach, added to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Acquired 10 additional acres along Fowler Beach in 2012 with funds from the DOS Migratory Shorebird Habitat Acquisition Fund.
  • Partnered with DNREC to purchase 52 acres of high marsh at Mispillion Harbor for Red Knot roosting areas.
  • Partnered with DNREC to purchase 194 acres of coastal freshwater marsh at Thousand Acre Marsh, creating the first public access to the marsh.
  • Established the Ashland Hawk Watch in partnership with the Delaware Nature Society.
  • Provided funding for two GPS-GSM radio transmitters for Project SNOWstorm, a research initiative on the Snowy Owl irruption of 2013/2014.
  • Partnered with DNREC to purchase over 800 acres of tidal wetlands, forested buffers, and farmland along the Delaware Bay and St. Jones River.
  • Partnered with DNREC to purchase 140-acre Ashton Tract.
  • 2015 Conservation Science Grant awarded to NJ Audubon for shorebird research in the Delaware Bay.
  • Any members with questions or who would like to help in some administrative aspect of the Bird-A-Thon, please contact Bill Stewart.