Birders who are searching the skies for spring migrants can apply the numbers they tally to Blackbrook Audubon Society’s 2019 Birdathon. This is the annual fundraiser for the chapter of National Audubon covering Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties.
Individuals or teams find sponsors to pledge donations for each species found in one 24-hour period. The funds they raise will help Blackbrook purchase Audubon Adventures for 3rd – 5th graders in Geauga and Lake counties. Audubon Adventures is an environmental education periodical created by National Audubon Society.
Blackbrook provides these publications to students in the Nature Scopes program at Geauga Park District and at Mentor Marsh. The 24-hour period Birdathoners choose must fall between Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 19th. The hours logged do not have to be consecutive, so a morning bird walk and evening walk within a 24-hour block “fit the bill.” Participants can count birds on a hike with a park naturalist or at feeders in their own yard.
The two Sundays in Birdathon, May 12th and 19th, are the final mornings in the 86th Annual Spring Bird Walk Series, which is conducted by many groups in NE Ohio. Blackbrook’s own walk in this series is held at Headlands Beach State Park at 7:30 a.m. Parking is available at 9600 Headlands Road, a lot in the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve just west of Shipman Pond. Blackbrook sponsors a Big Sit 8:30 a.m. on May 19th near the entrance to Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve. This means birders having coffee supplied by Blackbrook can include birds seen at the Big Sit in their Birdathon list. Contact Becky Donaldson at [email protected] or call 440-257-0777 for more information on the spring bird walks.
Anyone wishing to donate to Birdathon can see a Blackbrook board member at the monthly IBA walk at Beaty Landing in Painesville or mail their contribution to Blackbrook Audubon Society, P. O. Box 1306, Mentor, OH 44061-1306. For more information on Birdathon, contact [email protected]. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook.