2020 Bird-a-Thon Fundraiser
The update…the event…and the request from Craig Rash, Bird-a-Thon Coordinator
As of August 20 we had received contributions of $3298.60 from 31 donors.
Twenty PRAS members contacted me with sightings during Bird-a-Thon week (May 2-9). Along with the thousands of White-throated Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Lesser Yellowlegs, we were able to document 211 species. In addition to familiar local areas, southern, central and far northeastern regions of Iowa were also visited in search of elusive migrants. Having the Master Tally Sheet updated each day on our website enabled all of us to participate throughout the week. In the past, we have conducted PRAS field trips as a group to various locations to support the Master Tally Sheet count during our Bird-a-Thon week, but this year we traveled alone because of the COVID-19 virus issue. Many of you birded every day.
See how your 2019 Bird-A-Thon contributions helped to fund the grants awarded in Spring 2020 to the tune of $4920.00. Read more about these projects on our “Making a Difference” page. Dennis Schmadeke, Grants Coordinator, has provided a brief summary of each award given. Each grant application was reviewed by the PRAS board to assure that it supports the conservation intent of our mission.
The PRAS grants can be awarded only through the support of our membership. In order to sustain this program, we need to carry out a fundraising event each year, and our annual Bird-a-Thon is that activity.
Through your contributions, PRAS will be able to support requests for 2021. The PRAS board is always appreciative of projects our members suggest for funding in our six PRAS counties. It is a “feel-good” activity.
Please make your contribution by October 15. Even though our event is held in May (when migrating birds are coming through, decked out in their colorful breeding plumage), many PRAS donors wait until the fall to contribute. Our goal is to surpass our previous year’s contributions. (If you do the arithmetic, you will see that we are approximately $1000 less than 2019 contributions.) Donors will be listed in the November Red Tail. Please let us know if you wish your gift to be anonymous.
It’s easy to contribute, print out the form below, or make a donation online using the link below. Any and all contributions are appreciated!
Bird-A-Thon 2020: Species Observed
Click the "Species Observed" link to see the running total & names of species seen.
Bird-A-Thon Pledge 2020
Prairie Rapids Audubon Society 501(c)(3)
Click here to get a print-friendly PDF of the Bird-A-Thon pledge form.
Or use the PayPal button below to make your donation.
(Your email address will only be used to send you Audubon information.)
Circle your pledge amount: $.15 .25 .35 .50 1.00 Other $_______per species
multiplied by the number of species $________________
or One Lump Sum $_______________________
Please mail your pledge (or check) to : Craig Rash
105 Woodland Springs Road
Denver Iowa 50622
Make check(s) payable to: Prairie Rapids Audubon Society and indicate Birdathon on the check.
PRAS is a 501(c)(3) organization.