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2021 Fall Bird Count and Bird-a-thon


Carolina Chickadee. Debbie McKenzie.

September 25 All day

To make a pledge to support our Bird-a-thon, click on the 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, including our fifty-seventh annual Fall Bird Count and Bird-a-thon Saturday, September 25th. It’s our fall count with a competitive twist! We invite our members and the public to pledge a donation for the total number of species seen that day. This can be $1 or $10 per species, or anything in between! We generally average 110 to 115 species for a fall count, so a pledge of $1 per species would be a little over $110 and a pledge of $10 per species would be around $1,100, for example. Your pledge supports our conservation efforts throughout Alabama. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are still not organizing field participants. We encourage you to participate at your home feeder, in your backyard, or at a local park! *See below for detailed instructions.*

Fall 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.

*IMPORTANT: If you are reporting for Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties, the best way to submit your data is by creating an eBird list and tagging Greg Harber (gharber2). You may also email your sightings to Greg here. If you are in any other county outside of those three in Alabama, the best way to submit your data is by logging your sightings in eBird and tagging Alabama Audubon (ALAudubon). Alternatively, you may email these results to our Science & Conservation Director here. Click here for detailed instructions.

Make a pledge: To make a pledge to support our Fall Bird-a-thon, click the link at the top of the page that says “PLEDGE HERE.” We’ll email you by September 30th with the number of species from the count, the amount due, and how to make the payment. Please submit your payment by October 5th.

Compilation location: We will not have a compilation. We’ll publish our results in our quarterly newsletter Flicker Flashes. See the paragraph above for details for the best way for you to share your data with us.

Questions? Please email our Science & Conservation Director here. For questions about your bird-a-thon pledge, email here.

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.