The Baillie Birdathon is the oldest sponsored bird count in North America, raising money for bird research and conservation. The challenge that keeps participants coming back year after year is to identify as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period, during the month of May. The money raised benefits Bird Studies Canada, the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund, and participating migration monitoring stations and conservation organizations (designated by participants to receive a portion of funds raised).
More than 7,000 people from across Canada (and from several countries around the world) participate in and/or sponsor the Birdathon in May of every year. During a 24-hour period in May, they attempt to find as many bird species as they can, sponsored at a flat rate, or on a per-species basis. Birders can designate a favourite conservation organization to receive a portion of the funds they raise. Bird observatories (such as the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory) can also be designated as recipients of fund raising.
For more information, visit the Baillie Birdathon website.
To support the LSLBO’s Birdathon Team, visit our Birdathon page.