Take Part in the 

3rd Annual CEC Birdathon 

from May 6-22, 2022!

What is a birdathon?

It is like a walkathon or readathon, 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.

Bird anytime from May 6 to May 22. Walk in your neighborhood, watch at your birdfeeders, search lakes and ponds, hike at places like Cope Environmental Center and Hayes Arboretum, or visit any bird hotspots in the country or world! Keep a checklist and seek sponsors who will donate money ($.25, $.50, $1.00, $2.00 or more!!!) per each distinct species of bird you see. Your sponsors will also have the option to make a one-time flat donation to you for your effort. Each participant is asked to have at least one sponsor but the more the better!

Free bird hikes for all skill levels beginning April 16 through May 28.

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 AM
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Other workshops will be announced.

Be sure to check our Upcoming Events page for the latest programs.

Countdown to CEC Birdathon 2022!

CEC Birdathon 2022 presented by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.

Join the Birding Fun on Pledgeit!
Are you ready to get started?  We will use PledgeIt to register participants and for sponsors to easily make donations online. On PledgeIt, you can view the leaderboard, read more about team and individual birders, and join the challenge.

Have the following information ready and click on the link below to get started! To create your personal PledgeIt account you will need:

• Your email address

• A password

• An estimation of how many species you hope to see

• An estimation of how much money you want to raise

• Photos to jazz up your account

Listed below are the three ways you can participate:

  1. Be a Solo Birder: Bird on your own
  2. Be on a Midwest Team: All team members bird in Midwest (IL, IN, IA, KA, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI)
  3. Be on a Distant Team: If you have any team members who bird anywhere in the world

CEC Birdathon Guidelines, Awards, & Resources

Instructions & Guidelines


Sample Sponsor Letter – PDF Document

Bird ID Resources

Bird Checklist for Fledging Birders

Suggested Field Guides

List of Birds By Habitat

Indiana Audubon Society Field Checklist – If you need one for another state, you can search your state Audubon site for you state specific checklist.

Have questions about the Birdathon? Email Karin for more information!