Connecticut Audbon Society

Migration Madness 2018! Connecticut Audubon’s Inaugural Bird-a-thon

MigrationMadnessMay 18 through 20

A weekend of birding for a year’s worth of conservation!

For three days, birders of all skill levels will engage in a fun and friendly competition to find and count birds throughout Connecticut. Timed for the peak of bird migration!

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Register for the Bird-a-thon

Learn more about the Bird-a-thon

Conservation projects your pledge will support

Migration Madness complete schedule

Bird-a-thon rules

FAQ

If you’re into birds, this is the most fun you’ll have this May!


Your Bird-a-thon Pledge Supports Bird Conservation Throughout Connecticut!

When you participate and make a Bird-a-thon pledge, your contribution will help support:

  • Osprey Nation, a citizen science project to track the nesting success of the state’s Ospreys.
  • The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, a partnership to protect vulnerable Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, and other species.
  • Shrubland habitat restoration that provides nesting areas for Blue-winged Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Towhees, and other birds at:
    • Smith Richardson Preserve in Westport
    • Bafflin Preserve in Pomfret
    • Chaney Preserve in Montville
  • IBA monitoring at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, to ensure the protection of birds at this busy coastal area.
  • Connecticut Audubon’s involvement in the Connecticut Bird Atlas, the biggest and most important bird research project ever in Connecticut.

Thank you for your generosity!


Migration Madness Schedule

We’ve listed programs and events by date and by location (scroll down) … If you are participating in the Bird-a-thon competition, look for events in the by-date schedule labeled Great for Bird-a-thon participants!

Thursday, May 17

5 p.m. — “Creation of a Genius: Roger Tory Peterson,” a lecture by Dr. Twan Leenders, at the Lyme Art Association. Part of the Connecticut River Estuary Lecture Series. Register here.

Friday, May 18

Midnight – For the most intrepid birders, the Bird-a-thon starts now! Owls and Common Nighthawk; rails, American Bittern and other secretive marsh birds; birds that sing at night or before dawn, such as Grasshopper Sparrow, Hermit Thrush and Wood Thrush.
8 a.m. – Bird walk at White Sands beach in Old Lyme, hosted by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center.
NEW! 10:30 a.m. – Bird walk at the Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, led by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
3 p.m. – Beginning Bird Walk, Coastal Center at Milford Point. Great for Bird-a-thon participants! Register here!
5 p.m. – Bird walk at the Bafflin Preserve, at the Center at Pomfret. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
6:30 p.m.The Big Year screening at the Center at Glastonbury. Register here!
6:30 p.m. – Silent Hunters of the Night. Our magnificent owl ambassadors show off their adaptations for night hunting. Center at Fairfield. Register here!
7 p.m. — The Big Year screening, the Center at Pomfret.

Saturday, May 19

6 a.m.3 p.m. – “90-Bird Day” led by Andy Rzeznikiewicz at the Center at Pomfret. An unforgettable day of Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, American Kestrels, warblers galore, and plenty of other species! Registration required, please call 860-928-4948. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
7 a.m. – Bird walk at Great Meadows, organized by the Center at Glastonbury. Led by Larry Lunden and Michelle Eckman. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!

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Register for the Bird-a-thon!

Bridget Cervero (L), and Lauren Magliola look for birds at Deer Pond Farm.

A weekend of birding for a year’s worth of conservation!

Registration for our Migration Madness Bird-a-thon is underway!

We invite birders of all skill levels to join in the fun!

Click here to participate.

 Our Bird-a-thon is a fun and friendly competition to find and count birds throughout Connecticut.

You can support the Bird-a-thon by:

  • birding by yourself and collecting pledges
  • forming or joining a team and collecting pledges
  • making a pledge to someone else who is participating
  • making a direct donation via the Bird-a-thon page

When you register, you can also make your own pledge.

Pledges are based on the number of species seen over the weekend. So if you pledge $1 per bird, and the person you made your pledge to sees 50 birds, your contribution would be $50.

To gather pledges, simply ask your friends to visit the Bird-a-thon website and register.

All contributions will go toward bird conservation work throughout Connecticut!

Whether you participate for one day or three days, find 10 birds or 110 birds, please join the fun!

Register here! (migrationmadness.ctaudubon.org)

Our schedule of events and programs for the Migration Madness weekend now includes eight bird walks in all parts of the state, for all skill levels.

These are a great way to get out in the field with our experts and check off a bunch of species!

Scroll through the calendar and look for events labeled in red: “Great for Bird-a-thon participants!”

You can read our official Bird-a-thon rules here.

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FAQs

What makes a team?

A Bird-a-thon team consists of at least 2 birders. Teams should try to stay in ear-shot of each other while birding, rather than splitting up. Team members do not have to bird together all weekend, but they are encouraged to spend at least part of the weekend together. Team captains can bird alone if no one else on the team is available, but we support teamwork!

Can I bird with people who aren’t on my team?

Of course! We understand that birders of all levels of experience have signed up, and we encourage novice birders to bird with others, even if they aren’t registered as a team. Check out the bird walks at our centers over the course of the weekend! Each one is led by an experienced birder from our staff.

How do I submit my bird list?

At the end of the weekend, we ask that everyone fill out an online survey that lists every bird in Connecticut. You’ll have until midnight on Monday to submit your lists, so that our committee has time to review. If you’re participating in our photo challenge, you can add a file to our Bird-a-thon Dropbox with your name, and our committee will review that as well.

Do I have to bird all weekend?

The best part of Bird-a-thon is that you can bird wherever and however you want. We know some people will want to bird all weekend (like our executive director, Patrick Comins!) but others will want to participate in a bird walk, or only bird on Saturday. We just want you to get outside and enjoy the peak migration weekend of spring 2018!

Which projects will my pledge support?

When you participate and make a Bird-a-thon pledge, your contribution will help support:

  • Osprey Nation, our citizen science project to track the nesting success of the state’s Ospreys.
  • The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, a partnership to protect vulnerable Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, and other species.
  • Shrubland habitat restoration that provides nesting areas for Blue-winged Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Towhees, and other birds at:
    • Smith Richardson Preserve in Westport
    • Bafflin Preserve in Pomfret
    • Chaney Preserve in Montville
  • IBA monitoring at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, to ensure the protection of birds at this busy coastal area.
  • Connecticut Audubon’s involvement in the Connecticut Bird Atlas, the biggest and most important bird research project ever in Connecticut.

Thanks for your generosity!

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Bird-a-thon Rules 2018

Migration Madness 2018
Rules of Competition

  1. Participants must meet all deadlines to qualify for awards.
    1. Register by Friday, May 18
    2. Submit bird list by midnight, Monday, May 21
  2. Each participant may only be on one team (no one may be on multiple teams)
  3. All participants must use the official bird checklist.
    1. Birds not on the checklist must be confirmed by a judge, either in person or by photo or recording.
  4. All sightings must occur in the state of Connecticut.
    1. The section of Deer Pond Farm in New York is the only exception, and you must be on the property at all times.
  5. Abide by the Bird Watcher Code of Ethics, including but not limited to:
    1. Use of drones, airplanes, helicopters, and hang gliders is prohibited.
    2. Refrain from using recordings to attract birds. Pishing is allowed.
    3. Avoid “bushwhacking,” stay on trails.
    4. Avoid approaching active nests.
    5. Attempt to minimize your impact on the environment.
  6. No trespassing on private property. Participants must have permission from landowners.
  7. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or substances, and weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited.

 

Prize Eligibility

  1. “Young Birders” must be 18 years of age or younger to qualify.
  2. Species lists must be submitted by midnight, Monday, May 21. All lists are subject to review by the Migration Madness committee.
  3. ID photos should be clear enough to differentiate bird species, with the exception of minor differences (fish crow vs common crow, flycatchers, etc)
    1. Photos must be submitted by May 25, 5:00 pm
  4. Best photo must not be Photoshopped
    1. Allowed edits include cropping
    2. All elements must be from 1 original photo
    3. Photos must be submitted by May 25, 5 pm

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Get Involved in Migration Madness!

How do you get involved?

Each of Connecticut Audubon’s Centers will be hosting special bird walks and other programs.

Send your contact information to the Migration Madness coordinator, Amelia Graham.

migrationmadness@ctaudubon.org

Not an expert at identifying birds?

That’s OK! Everyone counts, and every bird counts.

Join a team at one of our centers. Staff can guide you through the identification process, or you can participate in a bird walk during the event.

What comes next?

Keep your eyes peeled! In the coming weeks, our website and emails will be filled with announcements and updates about this exciting event.

Other questions?

Don’t hesitate to email or call Amelia Graham at migrationmadness@ctaudubon.org or 860-575-7223.

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