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32nd Annual Southwest Michigan Team Birdathon


SATURDAY, MAY 16th, 2020

WHAT IS IT? A friendly birding event for birders of all experience levels. Teams of 3 or more record as many species as possible (at a pace of their choice) in a single, full day of birding.

WHY? Mostly for the fun of it! There are a few team awards, but the emphasis is on participating and enjoying a day of spring birding. The other objective, which is optional, is to generate pledge dollars for conservation-related organizations or causes.

WHEN & WHERE? Saturday, May 16th in Berrien County, the southwestern-most county in Michigan. Berrien’s Lake Michigan shoreline, wooded dunes and parks offer scenic and productive spring birding opportunities. You won’t go home disappointed!

ALL TEAMS RECEIVE: Full logistical support. Bird finding information, rules and instructions sheets and pledge sheets that make fund-raising simple are sent to all teams.

ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE: A fun day in the field, an event T-shirt, a full buffet dinner at the finish line, and the chance to hang out and share highlights of the day with other enthusiastic birders.

WHAT’S THE COST? The entry fee of $32 per person includes all of the benefits mentioned above. (But be sure to note that each team keeps all of the pledge dollars it generates!!!) Youth 18 & under are FREE thanks to support by Sarett Nature Center.

AWARDS: Just for fun, awards will be presented to the team that records the highest species total; the “out-of-county” team with the highest total; and the team that records the most species while driving 100 miles or less; and the team with the highest total for a day of 12 hours or less.

FINISH LINE: By 7:00 p.m. all teams are required to converge upon the “finish line” to turn in their results. We then enjoy a buffet dinner together, an awards presentation, a brief auction, and the chance to share highlights of the day’s sightings. (The auction will feature birding-related retail items donated by the event sponsors.)


To receive a team entry packet or more information, contact Mike Mahler at Sarett Nature Center

2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022

Phone: 269.927.4832.