Join us each MAY for the Great Canadian Birdathon and help raise funds for the work of PEPtBO!
1. Join one of our PEPtBO teams (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Register yourself to do your own birdathon in 3 easy steps:
Register online (make sure you indicate PEPtBO as the organization you're raising funds for).
- Collect some sponsors
- Go out and look at birds any day in May
- Please let us know what you saw! Send your list to email@example.com.
3. Sponsor a PEPtBO Birder:
- Cheryl Anderson and team (Kestrel Kounters)
- Peter Fuller and team
- Sprague's Pipits (Kathy Felkar, Mike Burge)
- Birding Ninjas (Joyce Family)
- Amy Bodman
Why is the Great Canadian Birdathon so important?
PEPtBO is a volunteer organization supported entirely by donations. The Birdathon is one of our most important fundraisers.
Does all the money I raise go to PEPtBO?
75% of the money goes to PEPtBO. The rest goes to Bird Studies Canada to offset their costs for running the Birdathon and to support other important conservation programs, such as the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, of which PEPtBO is a member. BSC collects the funds, sends donation receipts to your sponsors, and sends us PEPtBO's share at year-end. If you are a member of Quinte Field Naturalists or Prince Edward County Field Naturalists we also can direct funds to them - contact us for how this works (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do I need to be an experienced birder to take part in the Birdathon?
Not at all! The purpose of the Birdathon is to raise money, enjoy looking for birds, and have fun. Many go out in groups anyway: you tend to see more birds that way and, of course, it’s fun! If you don’t know anyone to go with, Mike Burge (contact above) will be glad to find an individual or group for you to team up with.
Do I have to stay up for 24 hours looking for birds?
Absolutely not! Choose any 24-hour period in May for your Birdathon, and within that period spend as much time as you want – or as little – looking for birds.
Do I have to do the Birdathon in the County?
No! You can be anywhere at all when you do the Birdathon. Please let PEPtBO know which birds on your checklist were seen outside the County (to help us award prizes)
Thank you for helping the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory!
Checklist of bird species to tick off as you identify birds during the 24-hour period