Take part in the 2021 CEC Birdathon from May 7-23, 2021!
More information coming soon!

What is a birdathon? It is like a walk-a-thon or read-a-thon, but instead of counting steps or books, we count birds! It is an opportunity to get outside, learn your birds, and help raise funds for Cope Environmental Center. You can recruit supporters to pledge $.25, $.50, $1.00, or more for each different bird species (or they can support by making a flat donation!)

Listed below are the three ways to participate:

  • Solo Birders: Bird anytime during the CEC Birdathon. Walk in your neighborhood, watch at your bird feeders, search lakes and ponds, drive in your car, or go for a hike at places like CEC, Hayes Arboretum, and the parks. You will seek supporters who will either pledge $ for each different species or make a flat donation. All pledges toward the CEC Birdathon event are tax-deductible.
  • Teams: Same as above but in teams no larger than 6. One of these six members will play the role of Team Captain. Teams can be families, friends, or coworkers and will compete against other teams. Team members can bird individually or in groups. All pledges toward the CEC Birdathon event are tax-deductible. Please use proper social distancing when birding in groups — even on trails.
  • Support: If you would rather keep track of other birder’s progress, you can support individuals or teams by pledging a donation to CEC per species or with a flat donation.


A free family membership will be given to all participants who raise $50 or more!

Have questions about the Bird-a-thon?
Email for more information!