A birdathon is similar to a walkathon but rather than raising funds per mile, they raise funds per bird species observed. Anyone can participate: expert birders, casual birdwatchers and beginners too. In a 12-hour period from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 9, teams and individuals will be scouring the planet or their own backyard for as many species of birds as possible to raise money for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. It’s a wonderful activity for kids and adults, beginners to experts.

The North Oregon Coast birdathon was created as part of the “Twelve Days of Earth Day” celebration. All donations go to Wildlife Center of the North Coast to help with the rehab of birds and other wildlife.

Instructions, pledge forms and helpful hints can be found at www.twelvedaysofearthday.com/Page_5.html

There are new prize categories this year such as most birds species seen from your house and yard, youngest birder and, now that the boundaries are open to the world, the person who is the furthest away from Cannon Beach. “Yes, that’s right, the borders are now the planet! So get out there or stay in the comfort of your home, see some birds and raise some money!” organizers said in a press release.

Prizes will be awarded at the Gaylord Nelson Awards and Potluck on Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m. Held at the Community Hall on 2nd and Spruce in Cannon Beach. Submit your lists by April 14 to be tallied.

You can also participate simply by making an outright birdathon donation. Go to CoastWildlife.org to donate online or mail directly to WCNC P.O. Box 1232, Astoria, OR 97103.

Contact Susan Boac at seasidesusan@gmail.com or 503-739-1905

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