2017 Wissahickon Birdathon
Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13
WVWA invites all birders to join the 23rd annual Wissahickon Birdathon!
During this fun and friendly competition, teams of birding enthusiasts canvass the Wissahickon Watershed to identify as many bird species as possible within a two-day time period. Teams use a checklist to record their sightings. Following the event, teams' lists are compiled both by species and by locations (see below, and use these lists to plan your team's itinerary).
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.
Register to be on a team HERE
Donate to a team or birder HERE
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 & both meals
- Register by Sunday, 4/23 to receive a t-shirt.
- Bird as much as you like on Friday, Saturday, or both days!
- Start: dawn on Friday, May 12th
- Finish: 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th
- Team members bird together at one location at a time
- At least two team members must confirm the identification of a species
- Teams use WVWA's Birdathon list to record species and locations - 2017 checklist
Contact Gina Craigo for more information or to enter your team.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-646-8866
- 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.
- Donate Online
- Download the donation form - HERE.
- Partner teams may pay the registration fee to WVWA and collect donations for another conservation group.
Mid-Flight Pizza & Beer Party - Friday, May 12 - 5:00 p.m.
Gather together to celebrate the half-way point of the 'thon! Enjoy local beer & pizza at WVWA Headquarters at Four Mills Reserve, alongside the beautiful Wissahickon Creek.
Brag & Boast Party - Saturday, May 13 - 4:00 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.
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. Blue Jays collect acorns (and peanuts from feeders) before the onset of winter, storing them safely away for when food becomes scarcer the rest of the year. These food caches are an important resource for populations trying to survive during difficult times.
For us, the 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. That’s why we’re celebrating the team who collects the highest amount – they are helping ensure that we, and the birds we love, have the resources to endure.
Wild Birds Unlimited Reward
Anyone who donates to the 2017 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
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.pdf - Map of the Wissahickon watershed showing birding locations. This map is intended to be printed on 11" x 17" paper but is usable, if you have good eyes, at 8.5" x 11". Use with BirdingLocations.pdf below
BirdingLocations.pdf - Directions, coordinates and details about sites commonly birded for the birdathon. Updated 5/5/04.
LansdaleDRG.pdf (3.3MB) - USGS 7.5' topo quad for Lansdale with breeding bird atlas blocks.
AmblerDRG.pdf (3.3MB) - USGS 7.5' topo quad for Ambler with breeding bird atlas blocks.
GermantownDRG.pdf (3.8MB) - USGS 7.5' topo quad for Germantown with breeding bird atlas blocks.
Past Wissahickon Birdathon Official Results