2019 Birdathon a Financial Success!
The 2019 Birdathon proved to be another good fundraising event, with a total of 5,401.11 raised by 12 teams. Marsh Madness once again raised the bar by breaking its own single-team record of $1,850, set in 2018; in the 2019 Birdathon, the team raised $2,001.11 The Blackburnians raised $1,245.00 and (I Wish That I Had) Jessie’s Gull raised $439.25, rounding out the top three team fundraisers.
2019 Birdathon Fields Two Dozen Teams
Fifty-five people on 24 teams participated this year in the 61st annual Onondaga Audubon Birdathon, three teams more than last year. With rain holding off and weather staying warm and sunny throughout the day, conditions were much improved for most of the traditional Region 5 Birdathon area. Overall, the event netted 198 species.
Archaeopteryx (Mickey Scilingo, Chris Spagnoli) took top honors for the day, with 152 species—just six shy of the all-time high of 158 species. The Uncommon Mergs (Matthew Voelker, Dennis Anderson, Kevin McGann) took second place with 139 species, while the group from Baltimore Woods, (I Wish That I Had) Jessie’s Gull (Tom Meier, Jason Mauro, Sterling Cousins, Jonathan Kresge), took third place with 132 species. Also showing were the Bluebirds (John Rogers, Pat Burns) with 121 species and team Woodcock (Bill Purcell) with 117.
The Fabulous Baker Birds (Stephen, Philip, and Peggy Baker) captured the Clarke’s Nutcracker award for best bird with a Rough-legged Hawk. Other Birdathon highlights included Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Golden-winged Warbler. Finally, Judy Thurber captured the best team name award with One Jay—Not So Stellar.
Don’t forget to save the date for next year! – May 16th.