Sacajawea Audubon


W. Screech-owl (Lou Ann Harris)

Sacajawea Audubon 2017 Birdathon

Saturday, May 13 – Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spring is here, which means it's time to call your favorite birders and register your birdathon team.

How does a Birdathon Work?

A Birdathon is similar to a walk-a-thon, but instead of collecting pledges per mile walked, you spend a great spring day outdoors with fellow birders, scanning skies, trees, shrubs, fields and water - even your backyard feeder - for birds.  The challenge is to identify as many bird species as possible within a 24 hour period from May 13 – June 25, 2017.  You collect pledges per bird species and the money raised benefits Southwestern Montana birds and other wildlife.

To add to the fun - by participating you could win prizes and awards. Check-out the Birdathon Rules and Prize & Award information links you can find at the bottom of this post, or call Loreene at (406) 600-6666 or Lou Ann at (406) 600-3585.

How Can You Participate in the Birdathon?

Participation is easier: You don't have to be an expert - some people even do Birdathons by counting the visitors to their feeder. Others cover dozens of miles in a day, racking up over 100 species. The key to Birdathon is to have fun!

  • Join a Team

Contact the Birdathon Committee, we have birdathon teams that would love for you to join them.  Even if you can't tell a goose from a grouse, we can teach you how.  We also have celebrity birder teams.

  • Form a Team

Get a few of your birding friends together and schedule a 24 hour period to go birding. Contact us for a Birdathon Kit and register your team. (see registration form for details)

  • Take an Office "Bird Break"

Trade in your briefcase for binoculars, grab co-workers and count birds on your lunch hour! Contact us for more information on getting your business involved in Sacajawea Birdathon - becoming an event sponsor, creating a company team, or specific levels and benefits of event sponsorship,

  • Be a Backyard Birder

Gather pledges and watch birds in your neighborhood park, or at your own backyard feeder. Compete for our “Sitting Duck” award. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a Birdathon Kit.

  • Sponsor a Team Member

Support your favorite team or team participant by making a pledge.  You can also donate to your team online .


Female kestrel - photo by Hobart Collins

The Birdathon Committee has maps, field guides, fundraising tips, and plenty of experience to share. Contact us at or 600-6666.


2017 Birdathon Key Dates

May 13 - First Day of Birdathon

June 25 - Last Day of Birdathons

June 26 - Team Reports and Pledge Forms Due

June 29 - Birdathon Awards & Celebration Party, East Gallatin Recreation Area Picnic Shelter


Award Categories -

We will be giving out 12 Awards this year.  They are.....


Most Species Identified:   This award recognizes the team that identifies the most species in a 24-hour period. All members of the team must have seen or heard 95% of the birds reported.

Most Money Raised: This award recognizes the team that raises the highest total dollar amount in donations.

Most Pledges Collected: This award recognizes the team that solicits the highest number of individual pledges.

Most Species in a Half Day:  This award recognizes the team that identifies the most species in a 6-hour period.

Best Bird Award:   This award recognizes the team that records the "best" bird as determined by an outside judge. This could be a rare bird for a specific habitat or a bird that is difficult to find in its habitat.

Raptor Award:   This award recognizes the team that sees the most Raptors on their Birdathon Day. This includes all hawks, falcons, eagles, osprey, vultures & owls.

Montana Audubon Award:   This award recognizes the team that see the most Magpies on their Birdathon Day

Important Bird Area (IBA) Sighting Award:   This award recognizes the team that observes the most bird species in Montana IBA. The Team Report submitted must indicate on which IBAs the birds were seen.

Sitting Duck Award:   This award is given to the team whose members identify the highest number of species while staying within an imaginary circle 200 feet in diameter during their count.

Carbon Neutral Award:   This award is given to the team who is the most energy efficient or the smallest carbon footprint.

Mentor Award - Each Team Leader will be entered for a prize.

Rookie Award:  If you’re new to birdwatching you will be eligible for a  prize at the awards celebration.


Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon ....

 … the most fun you'll ever have helping to protect Southwest Montana’s natural heritage.


Here is all the helpful information and forms you'll need to have a fun and successful Birdathon:


Birdathon 2017 Team Reg Form

Birdathon 2017 Pledge sheet

MT Bird Checklist

Birders Code of Ethics



contact Loreene Reid at  or 600-6666.