2020 Birmingham Spring Bird Count & Bird-a-thon
April 25, 2020 All day
To register as a field participant, click on the blue button below by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 17th:
To make a pledge to support our Bird-a-thon, click on the blue button below to fill out the pledge form:
Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Alabama Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with four great counts, culminating in our fifty-sixth annual Spring Bird Count and Bird-a-thon, scheduled for Saturday, April 25th. With social distancing and shelter-in-place rules currently enacted to flatten the curve with COVID-19, this year we are requiring all field participants to go alone and no parties will be permitted. While in the field, social distancing must be practiced by maintaining at least six feet apart if you encounter others while out on your route. Those who have not joined one of our bird counts before may participate at your home feeder or in your backyard (click here for instructions). All field participants must RSVP at the registration link above for protocols and instructions by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 17th.
It’s our spring count with a competitive twist! As in previous years, we’ll spend the day surveying bird populations within our assigned areas at a wide variety of sites located in Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties. This year, we invite our members and the public to pledge a donation for the number of species seen that day. This can be ten cents or $10 per species, or anything in between! We generally average 120 to 150 species for a spring count, so a pledge of 10 cents per species would be a little over $12-$15 and a pledge of $1 per species would be around $120-$150, for example. Your pledges support our conservation efforts throughout Alabama.
Spring migrants, resident hawks, large waders, even common birds like Northern mockingbirds and American robins, are all fair game—each sighting contributes to a half-century-long dataset with important information on shifting ranges, the effects of urbanization, and climate-related population changes.
Make a pledge: To make a pledge to support our Spring Bird-a-thon, click the link at the top of the page that says “PLEDGE HERE.” We’ll email you by late April with the number of species from the count, the amount due, and how to make the payment. Please submit your payment by April 30th.
Compilation location: With the current shelter-in-place and social distancing restrictions to flatten the curve with COVID-19, we will not have a compilation. Instead, we are asking participants to please upload your data into eBird and share your list with us (ALAudubon) to contribute to our community science data!
If you have questions about how to use eBird, please email our Science & Conservation Director here. We are in the process of planning a special webinar with our adult course faculty member Anne Miller on how to use eBird, so stay tuned for more details on that!
Count leaders: Greg Harber (cell: 205-807-8055; day of count only) will coordinate the count and compilation. This is a rain or shine event. If you have questions ahead of time, please email us.
More information: To learn more about how bird counts work, and to read the history of the one that started it all, check out National Audubon’s “History of the Christmas Bird Count” page.