This year the Birdathon will begin May 6th and last until May 14th giving participants nine days to pick a period of time in which they can maximize their efforts. Put your team together and start planning your route for your “Big Day!"
 
Prizes will be awarded to those teams (or individuals) that garner the most sponsors and donations. We know that some people have difficulty asking anyone for money but remember you are not pandering for yourself - you are working on behalf of two organizations that operate on a shoestring and yet provide our community amazing benefits with regard to our environment. We are likely sailing into troubled waters these next four years and groups like the RRAS and the NEC will be at the forefront of the fight helping to guard our resources and threatened ecosystems.
 
Tim McKay worked his entire adult life as Director of the NEC and waged battle after battle on our behalf against those that would overuse our resources for short sighted and immediate profit. He began the local Birdathons back in the 80s’ and we trust that his motto: “Endless pressure; Endlessly applied” will stand for the continuing work we must all help accomplish.
 
 The Birdathon will benefit the NEC and RRAS equally.

Western Bluebird - Photo: © Rob FowlerWestern Bluebird - Photo: © Rob Fowler

What is a Birdathon? : It is similar to a walk-a-thon, but with this you raise money from sponsors based on the number of bird species that you identify within a 24-hour time frame. Anyone can participate in a birdathon, from expert birders to beginners. It is a fun and educational event for all ages.

 
When: The 2017 Tim McKay Birdathon will be held during the week of May 6 - 14 to allow groups or individuals the freedom of picking any 24 hour period to participate.Tree Swallow - Photo: © Rob Fowler
 
Why: Birdathon proceeds benefit the NEC and RRAS equally. The NEC and RRAS do a tremendous amount for our community. They work on a shoestring and succeed only with determination, devotion and aid from great volunteers.
 
For over 40 years, the NEC has served as a vital hub for information and programs that involve, inform and inspire residents with regard to environmental issues that matter most    Tree Swallow - Photo: © Rob Fowler
on California’s North Coast. From watershed awareness and climate action to beach
cleanups and celebratory all-species parades, the NEC has been at the forefront for all of us.

RRAS is an all volunteer organization. We coordinate the leadership of weekly and monthly bird and nature walks, write and publish The Sandpiper (which comes packaged with EcoNews), provide educational programs for local teachers and schools, host topical speakers once a month, address local conservation issues, and use reserve funds to help purchase at-risk properties for the improvement of habitat for birds and humans.

Golden-crowned Kinglet- Photo: © Rob FowlerGolden-crowned Kinglet- Photo: © Rob Fowler

How: You can register as a team (usually 2-6 folks per team) or as an individual. Team names are both fun and helpful!

Print out copies of the pledge forms for your teammates and have every team member obtain pledge donations from friends, family, businesses or strangers. Make sure they follow up to collect the funds! Please contact the Northcoast Environmental Center at nec@yournec.org or by phone at (707-822-6918) to register your team.