South Coast Sanctuaries (Allens Pond + Great Neck)
South Coast Sanctuaries Team Page
From May 15-16, nature heroes from all over Massachusetts will focus on nature by participating in Mass Audubon's annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser. This will be the organization's first Bird-at-home-a-thon, which will be carbon-free, safety-focused, and family-friendly!
Teams representing different Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs will come together to collectively identify as many species of birds in a 24-hour period and also complete other fun, nature-based activities from their home. Bird-a-thon serves as a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.
Our team is participating in Bird-a-thon because we believe in the importance of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. We support Mass Audubon's efforts to protect and steward the environment of Massachusetts through conservation, education, and advocacy.
Please join us in supporting this important work by making a donation through our team's fundraising page. THANK YOU!
Please also consider joining our birding team for all the fun & fervor it can bring to your weekend. Please be aware that some rules are different this year.
As usual, for 24 hours—starting 6:00 pm on Friday, May 15 through 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 16—spend as much or as little time as you want birding your spots.
Use your Official Species Checklist (provided by your Team Captain) to check off all the bird species you spot. Each bird species counted by team members gives one point to the team.
***NEW TWISTS THIS YEAR***
Pick your birding spots CLOSE TO HOME—your window, backyard, or a green space within walking or biking distance of where you live.
You may bird solo or with anyone from your household.
Out-of-state team members are allowed to participate for activity points, but their species will not count towards our Massachusetts statewide species total.
Activity Points will ALSO be granted:
Each activity is worth one point. For families participating together, each family member can only earn one point for each activity regardless of how many times the family member completes the activity. You can:
Draw a picture of a bird (1 point)
Complete a bird word search, bird matching game, bird bingo, bird coloring page, and/or scavenger hunt worksheets provided by your Team Captain (1 point per worksheet)
"Like" your local Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and/or Mass Audubon on social media (1 point per like)
Fill up your birdfeeder only if your birdfeeder will not attract unwanted wildlife such as bears (1 point)
Send in a picture of one of the birds you see (1 point)
Spot a piece of bird art already in your home (1 point)
Make up a silly bird name…get creative! (1 point)