About Birdathon 2019

Birdathon is the birder's equivalent to a walkathon, but better (because you get to look at birds all day). Teams of 2 or more (typically 4-5) compete to count as many bird species as possible in a consecutive 24-hour period. Birdathon is primarily a fundraiser, so teams also compete to raise the most money for the best cause: bird conservation. Birding can be done anywhere in Texas but we encourage you to visit our sanctuaries for a great birding experience!

The birding and fundraising period is followed by a fun awards celebration with prizes for the most birds identified, most funds raised, best story, best team name and more! Birdathon is a great way to enjoy spring migration and support Houston Audubon at the same time.

Whether you can identify 2 species or 200, birders of all experience levels are welcome to participate in Birdathon!

Please contact us if you'd like to be placed on a team.


Important Documents and Information

Donation Request Template

Donation Form (Mail-in Donors) -  Word |  PDF

Bird Checklist -  Word |  PDF  

Rules -  WordPDF  

ABA Birding Code of Ethics

Team Report Form -  Word |  PDF  

Maps of Houston Audubon Sanctuaries


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Teams must raise at least $50 to be eligible for awards.

Oberholser Award - Most Species Identified

Prize: 2 rooms for 2 weeknights at Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Texas

Whittington Award – Most Money Raised

Prize: 2 rooms for 2 weeknights at The Inn at Fulton Harbor and a Whooping Crane and Coastal Birding Tour for 4 in Rockport, Texas

Rookie Award – Most Species Identified by a New Team

Prize: Owl Prowl for 4 at the new Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center at Sims Bayou

Best Story (determined at Awards Celebration)

Prize: 4 day passes to Moody Gardens

Best Photo  
Individual participants may send a photo taken during their Birdathon day for submission in the photo contest. An online poll will determine the top 3 finalists, whose artwork will be displayed at the Awards Celebration. Guests will vote on the winner at the party. Photos must be submitted to zseth@houstonaudubon.org by May 1st.  
Prize: Framed print and a limited-edition Houston Audubon 50th anniversary water bottle and phone wallet

Best Team Name  
Top 3 will be determined via an online poll. Guests will vote on the winner at the Awards Celebration.
Prize: Limited-edition Houston Audubon 50th anniversary water bottles and phone wallets

Raven Award – Most Corvids Identified  New!
(Corvids include ravens, crows, jays & magpies)
Prize: $75 gift certificate to Raven Grill

Birdathon Awards Celebration

Birdathon participants, family, friends and donors are invited to the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary for our 2019 Birdathon Awards Celebration. This year, we have 6 prize categories that will be given and participants will be recognized for all the hard work they have displayed over the past couple of months. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019
3 - 5 PM
Cabin at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
440 Wilchester Blvd., Houston, TX 77079

There is no cost to attend; however, donations will be gratefully accepted.

Limited parking is available in the sanctuary, but there is ample parking on the west side of the adjacent church parking lot.

Register for Free

About Houston Audubon

Houston Audubon is a financially independent 501(c)3 charitable conservation organization registered in the state of Texas and a chapter of the National Audubon Society.

Our Mission is to advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. We envision the creation of a healthier natural environment and more beautiful place to live by leading and nurturing a community that values and supports birds.

Learn more at  houstonaudubon.org

Houston Audubon
440 Wilchester Blvd.
Houston, TX 77079
(713) 932-1639