Help conservation efforts during Birdathon/Bloomathon

New Hampshire Audubon’s annual Birdathon/Bloomathon will be held Saturday, May 21.

Join a team and raise pledges, or gather a few friends to form your own team and set goals to tally birds and wildflowers, all to support New Hampshire Audubon’s programs and conservation efforts.

Free and open to all, this daylong celebration of New Hampshire’s natural beauty helps naturalists collect data that enables them to better understand trends among plants and animals across the state.

"New Hampshire’s landscape is about to be in full bloom with lovely wildflowers and colorful singing birds returning to their summer homes," said Ruth Smith, of New Hampshire Audubon, coordinator for the
Birdathon/Bloomathon. "It is a perfect time to get out and enjoy these natural wonders, and at the same time do something to help protect them."

By getting outside, searching for birds, flowers or both and soliciting pledges to support New Hampshire Audubon’s conservation efforts and programs, "Birder-Bloomers" – as they are affectionately known – make a measurable impact by reporting their findings and fundraising. Those who form teams can specify favorite programs or special initiatives that their contributions will benefit.

There’s no registration fee, just an invitation to tell your community about your participation and offer to collect pledges. New Hampshire Audubon offers guidance and resources for easy and secure online donations, along with checklists, ideas for setting goals and making the most of the Birdathon/Bloomathon experience.

Anyone is welcome to form a team of two to six people, or join an existing team at a New Hampshire Audubon chapter or center.

Prizes, including Vortex binoculars, artwork, field guides and gift certificates, will be awarded to category winners and to those who raise the most in pledges.

To register, visit nhaudubon.org and complete the online form by Wednesday, May 18.

For more information, check the Birdathon/Bloomathon page on the website, or contact Ruth Smith at 224-9909, ext. 313, or rsmith@nhaudubon.org.