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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Can you find more than 200 species in a day

It's possible at LA County. Jealous? :)

From Pasadena Audubon


Founded in 1904
Affiliated with the National Audubon Society

Our Mission: To bring the excitement of birds to our community through birding, education and the conservation of bird habitats


Maybe you have heard of Birdathon? Maybe not. It is our annual fundraiser where we all go out trying to find as many species as possible in a day or for the whole weekend. This year we will kick it up a notch (just like the Food Network) and have some extra activities and prizes! We already have a commitment from Eagle Optics for a pair of binoculars…and we are going to solicit a few local restaurants for gift certificates. We welcome small teams, big teams, individual efforts, and everything in-between. We will be adding a barbecue to celebrate the day and give all participants some swag for just being a part of the day. Mark your calendars for April 28-30. Birdathon is a celebration of birds as we raise dollars for our programs and operating expenses. BIRDATHON is all weekend with the barbecue on the 29th. We need folks to help, so call Deni Sinnott or Kym Buzdygon if you want to get in on this! You don’t want to miss out on the best birding fun of the year!
Several teams will be out and about on Birdathon weekend, April 28 to 30, attempting to find as many species as possible in order to raise funds for Pasadena Audubon's grants and programs.
The Big Sit 
The Big Sit ... that sedate activity situated on a lawn at Legg Lakes, is back this year. Team leaders Mark Hunter and Kat Degner will lead participants and encourage folks to rise to their feet and stroll around the lake, rather than just sitting continuously.☺ This is also the site of our picnic, so no reason to stay home this year! To contribute or to join, contact Kym Buzdygon at
Team Verdin 
Dessi Sieburth, the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year and member of the Pasadena Audubon Society Young Birder’s Club, continues his Big Photo Day for the Pasadena Audubon Society’s annual Birdathon. Dessi and his Team Verdin will be photographing as many species of birds as possible in Los Angeles County during daylight hours. Dessi did his first Big Photo Day in 2014 and this year’s Birdathon will be Dessi’s fourth Big Photo Day. Last year, Dessi and his team set a new team record with 134 species photographed. How many species of birds will Dessi photograph at this year’s Birdathon?
Irritable Owl Syndrome 
This team starts just after midnight and drives about 400 miles through the county over the course of a very long day, into the following evening. Send your pledges to Mark and Janet Scheel.
Last year they found 206 ABA species. How many will they find this time?

The Scheels and Darren Dowell are masters of this 'craft'!

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