Great fun for enthusiastic participants in 2023’s Migration Madness and Birdathon
2023 Migration Madness participants: 360
2023 Birdathon participants: 68
Species seen: 176
$$$ raised for bird conservation: $13,000
Scroll to see the prize winners and complete leaderboard for the 6th Annual Migration Madness Birdathon.
June 5, 2023 — Congratulations to Joanne Bourque of Pomfret and Frank Mantlik of Stratford, the big winners in this year’s Migration Madness Birdathon.
The big human winners, that is. The biggest winners of all were Connecticut’s birds, which will benefit from the $13,000 raised by 350-plus participants in the 6th annual event, held in mid May.
The 2023 Migration Madness featured more than a dozen programs — birds walks, bird banding, a family fun day in Old Lyme — plus the two-day Birdathon.
Winners of the Birdathon Photo Contest will be announced later this week.
Joanne Bourque win the grand prize in a random drawing open to all Birdathon participants who saw at least 40 species and and raised at least $40 over the weekend (for Young Birders, the thresholds were $25 and 25 species).
2023 Birdathon Winners
Grand Prize: Joanne Bourque of Putnam, chosen in a random drawing of all qualifying Birdathon participants — carving of a Rock Ptarmigan by artist Keith Mueller
Most species seen by an individual
Most money raised by a Birdathon participant
Most Species Seen by a Birder Under 18
The prize is a beautiful carving of a Rock Ptarmigan created by artist Keith Mueller of Killingworth. Keith has been a regular contributor of valuable, original artworks to the Birdathon and deserves great credit for his contributions to conservation in Connecticut.
The same goes for Mark Szantyr of Storrs, who has also contributed numerous art works as prizes. This year Frank Mantlik won an original watercolor that Mark created, of a Green-tailed Towhee.
Scott Yanco participated in his first Birdathon — he saw 84 species and raised $555. “We had a ton fun,” he said,. “Got the kids out for most of it (even in the rain) and had a blast at the family event at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center!”
Sharon Hirsch joined a Saturday bird walk in the damp weather at the Milford Point Coastal Center, and then spent part of Sunday birding in better weather.
At the Coastal Center, “I joined up with about seven intrepid bird watchers in the fog. We started at the marsh platform with two Yellow-crowned Night Herons right by the platform. We went out to the sand spit, just to the beginning of it and then turned around due to the rain starting. We found some things under the trees by the garden. Then the rain let up and back out we went. Saw a bunch of shore birds, including a Piping Plover keeping her chicks warm and two Osprey with fish.”
Thank you to the Migration Madness Birdathon sponsors
- The New Canaan Conservation Commission
- WSHU Public Radio
- The Aquarion Water Company
- Wells Fargo
- Keith Mueller
Here are the complete Birdathon results. Asterisks indicate Connecticut Audubon staff, who were not eligible for prizes. You can find individual bird lists on eBird:
|ADULT BIRDERS||Number of Species||ADULT BIRDERS||Number of Species||ADULT BIRDERS||Number of Species||ADULT BIRDERS||Number of Species|
|Frank Mantlik||120||Kate Howard||72||Joyce Leiz*||51||Steven Kessler||28|
|Ken Elkins*||108||Pavana Attonito||70||Joanne Bourque||48||Debra Taubner||27|
|Patrick Comins*||100||Kalel Attonito||70||Michael Gentry||44||Samantha DeMarco||23|
|Joe Attwater*||97||Barbara Kamicker||70||Jennifer Gibson||44||Sarah Middeleer||21|
|Mike Aurelia||92||Erin Bowen||60||Carol Skog||44||Kevin Kelley||17|
|Aaron Bourque||90||David Kaempfer||60||David Cox*||43||Abigail Hausberg||13|
|Stefan Martin*||90||Robert Gerard||59||Gabriel McDonough||42||Alice Hausberg||13|
|Scott Yanco||84||Jane Jacobson||58||Linda Jarosik||41||Ernie Hausberg||13|
|Tom Andersen*||84||Jennifer Titrud||56||Louise Crocco*||39|
|Angela Dimmitt||82||David Butt||55||Jerid O’Connell||36|
|Sharon Hirsch||82||Linda Ruth||53||Lisa Tryon||36|
|Isabel Chenoweth||75||Amanda Baker||51||Michele Rybos||31|
|YOUNG BIRDERS||Number of Species||YOUNG BIRDERS||Number of Species|
|Kalel Attonito||70||Gabriel McDonough||42|