2019 Wissahickon Birdathon
Starts Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. & ends Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m.
The competition is 24 hours this year!
WVWA invites all birders to join the 25th annual Wissahickon Birdathon!
Teams explore the Wissahickon Watershed to identify as many species as possible during this 24-hour fundraiser, collecting pledges for each species to help support WVWA's conservation efforts. Birders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join the fun! Bird as much or as little as you choose on Friday and Saturday, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow birders and the beautiful birds passing through. Don't have a team already? No problem! Email email@example.com to join WVWA's team, "The Phoebes."
This year's event takes place within 24 hours and on International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), an annual, global event that celebrates the beauty and importance of migratory birds, informs the public about their amazing migration routes and their conservation.
Register to be on a team HERE
Donate to a team or birder HERE
- Teams collect donations to support WVWA's efforts to preserve and restore habitat for birds and all wildlife. To learn more about WVWA's Bird Conservation Initiative and where your donation dollars would be used click here.
- Download the donation form - HERE.
- Partner teams may pay the registration fee to WVWA and collect donations for another conservation group.
Rules for Birdathon Teams
- Birding must be within the boundaries of the Wissahickon Watershed
- Teams can range from 2 to 10 birders - $35 per person registration fee, which includes a t-shirt, pre-event swap meet with refreshments and Brag & Boast Party.
- Register by Monday, 4/22 to receive a t-shirt.
- Bird as much as you like on Friday, Saturday, or both days!
- Complete rules can be found here CLICK HERE
Teams use WVWA's Birdathon list to record species and locations - 2018 checklist
Contact Gina Craigo for more information or to enter your team.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-646-8866
Brag & Boast Party - Saturday, May 11 - 5:00 p.m. sharp!
Teams converge at WVWA's headquarters and turn in their Birdathon results, then enjoy a light buffet, an awards ceremony, and can share highlights of the event's sightings.
The Stewart-Webster Cup
The Stewart-Webster Birding Cup is awarded to the team that has identified the greatest number of species in the two-day event. The team must be present at the Brag & Boast Party to win the Cup. The Cup is dedicated to Jim Stewart and Hank Webster, both world-class WVWA birders who worked tirelessly to protect wildlife habitat. Congratulations to the Cuckoos for winning in 2018.
Blue Jay Award
This year, the Blue Jay Award is a gift card to a local restaurant and will be awarded to the team that collects the most donations. For WVWA, donations collected by Birdathon teams are an important resource in helping us continue our work to protect birds and their habitat in the Wissahickon Watershed.
Wild Birds Unlimited Award
Anyone who donates to the 2019 Birdathon have the opportunity to guess the total number of species that the teams will identify. Those who guess correctly are entered to win a $100 gift card from Wild Birds Unlimited in Dresher.
Birdathon Maps and Checklists
2018 Checklist - Teams use WVWA's Birdathon list to record species and locations
FMNRChecklist.pdf - The Four Mills Nature Reserve Checklist. This is intended to be printed on both sides and folded into three panels (a C-fold). This checklist is also available at the WVWA offices during normal business hours.
BirdingMap (Google Maps) - Map of the Wissahickon watershed showing birding locations. Use with BirdingLocations.pdf below
BirdingLocations.pdf - Directions, coordinates and details about sites commonly birded for the birdathon. Updated 5/2/17.
Past Wissahickon Birdathon Official Results