The Starr Ranch Birdathon is an important fundraiser that supports all we do here – from nest cams to unique education programs to cutting-edge habitat restoration and research. Here’s how it works:
In a single 24 hour period on April 27th, we’ll set out to see or hear as many different bird species as possible — mainly on Starr Ranch, but also at beaches, marshes, mountains and and other Orange County habitats.
Before we set out, we ask folks to pledge an amount for every species we see or hear. When the 24 hours are up, we tally what we saw/heard and send you a list of all the species along with your final pledge amount (your pledge X the # of bird species we saw/heard).
Any pledge amount is appreciated.
During last year’s Starr Ranch Birdathon, we saw or heard 140 species – a new record for us. Ed Conrad, who is a former seasonal ornithologist at Starr Ranch, was key to setting this record. Ed is an amazing birder. But alas, Ed can’t make it this year since he’s deeply into his graduate work. However, expert birders Bruce Aird – President of the Sea and Sage Audubon Chapter and Steve Alter – Sea and Sage’s Christmas Bird Count coordinator – have agreed to accompany me and have indicated that there’s a good chance we can, indeed, break the record. So we’re going for it. There’s also another record we’d like to break – total pledges per species. Last year we started out with approximately $120/species pledged. This comprised pledges anywhere from $.25 to $5 per species. Again, any and every pledge helps. Our goal is $200/species pledged.
If you’d like to donate a flat amount, click here. This is the same site we’ll use for pledge fulfillment after the Birdathon. Make sure you choose your T-shirt size/style for donations $100 or more.
Some Birdathon “Perks”:
Any pledge of $1/species or more gets a Starr Ranch T-shirt!
When it comes time to fulfill your pledge, if it was $1 or more (or if you make an outright Birdathon donation of $100 or more – see below) you’ll be able to select the size and style.
Guess the number of species we’ll see/hear and win a Starr Ranch T-shirt OR free admission to one of our hawk or owl banding events!. No pledge or donation required (but would be appreciated). Simply provide your name, email address, and guess below and then click Submit after entering the “captcha” code. First person to guess correctly or is closest wins!
Guess the 100th species we’ll see/hear and win a Starr Ranch T-shirt OR free admission to one of our hawk or owl banding events!. No pledge or donation required (but would be appreciated). Simply provide your name, email address, and guess below and then click Submit after entering the “captcha” code. First person to guess correctly wins!
Starr Ranch Manager