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Spring Birdathon: 2014 Results

Results Submission Deadline

To be eligible to win a prize, each team member must submit a Results Form (PDF or editable MS Word) to the SCVAS Office by the Submission Deadline in May. Please submit your individual Results Form, no matter how little you raise, since these will be used to calculate your team totals.

Another Spring Birdathon Success in 2014

by Debbie Thompson

The 2014 Spring Birdathon was another resounding success for our chapter both in fundraising and fun. All 163 part icipants on 26 teams turned in their best efforts to count birds a nd raise money for our critical conservation and education progra ms. We are proud to announce that the event raised over $50,000!

We extend a special thank-you to our 2014 Spring Birdathon Prize Sponsors. These sponsors donate valuable prizes to entice individuals to raise more money. Big tha nks go to our Golden Eagle Sponsors who donated over $600 in prizes : Los Gatos Birdwatcher, Patagonia, Midpeninsula Regional O pen Space District, and Nancy Teater. We also thank our G reat Egret Sponsors who donated between $250 and $600 in prizes: Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris, David Presotto, and Haw aii Forest and Trail. Many other important prizes were donated by ot hers; see for the entire list.

Sixteen participants raised over $1,000 with Bob Hirt, Susan Bel l, Steven Patt, Jim Liskovec, and Barry Langdon-Lassagne at the top, placing one through five respectively. Bob raised ove r $4,000 and Susan followed closely on his heels with just under that amount. We are happy to announce that the top 39 individua l fundraisers (except members of the SCVAS Board and St aff) were able to select a prize from our long list of desirab le prizes.

Team fundraising totals were also impressive this ye ar. In the four-hour category with eleven teams, in fi rst place was the Cheeky Chickadees led by Debbie Thompson raising over $5,900 and i n second place was the Surf Scoters led by Susan Bell raising over $4,900. For the 24-hour category with 13 teams, in first place was the Rocks Wrens led by Bob Hirt raising o ver $5,500 and in second place was the Snipe Hunters led by Laurie Roberts raising over $4,500.

The friendly competition to count the most bird species r esulted in some competitive numbers. In the 24-hour categor y (any number of hours between four and 24) the Varied Twitcher s led by Mike Rogers identified 166 species and in second place the Bob-O-Links led by Bob Power identified 150 species. In the four -hour category the Cheeky Chickadees took this category too with an even 100 species and in second place the Rushing Thrushe s led by Bob Power identified 95 species. The Big Sit category team Eagle Eyes, yet another team led by Bob Power, tur ned in 70 species and team Datasets led by our Executive Direc tor, Stephanie Ellis, counted 66 species – both impressive number s of species counted from one 30-foot circle.

We also continued our Photography Birdathon competition thi s year. In the four-hour category the Lens Loons led by C aroline Lambert photographed 81 species and the Oh-My Godwits led by Beth Hamel photographed 66 species. In the 24-hour categor y the Plover Exposures led by Steven Tracey photographed 119 specie s and the Jack Sparrows led by Barry Langdon-Lassagne photographed 107 species.

Special prizes awarded in the Photography Birdathon went to Steve Tracey for photographing the most Unique Bird, t he White-throated Sparrow. Tom Grey captured the Most Arti stic photo of a Great Blue Heron.

Team Fledglings entered the competition again this year wi th ten team members all between the ages of six and 16. Pati Rouzer led them in counting an amazing 54 species and raisin g over $4,200 – earning third place in the 24-hour Most Money category. Ha ts off to these determined kids who set a high bar for the adults in our competition.

Most unique team honors go to The Surf Scoters led by Susan Bell. The team shoved off again this year aboard the historic tugboat, Sea Dive, with Captain Charles Bell at the helm to count 47 specie s in Alviso Slough.

Also deserving special mention was the private duel betwee n Stanford and Berkeley. Our team, The Big Game led by Robert Furrow w on with 76 species counted on the Stanford campus to Berkeley's 64.

Special kudos go to the Spring Birdathon Committee who worked tirelessly from fall through spring to make this a success: Renee Polizotto (Chairperson), Julio Mulero, Amy Sanchez, Bob Hirt, Beth Hamel, Debbie Thompson, and Stephanie Ellis. The committee wants to extend special thanks to Andy Bradshaw and Susan Bell who provided the daunting administrative support. Lastly, we especially appreciate each and every one of our participants, both big and sma ll fundraisers alike. We know raising money is not on everyone's list of favorite activities but without your concerted efforts our conservation and education programs would surely falter. We look forward to having you participate again in 2015


Updated June 2014

Spring Birdathon Team
Spring Birdathon Team

Spring Birdathon benefits
kids and the environment

Thanks to you, the Birdathon fundraising record has been broken each year as more and more folks find out how fun and easy it is to participate. This growth has enabled SCVAS to increase the number of youngsters, many from low income families, that we reach with our science education programs. Your donation dollars also support our many conservation efforts that make us one of the most respected conservation organizations in the Bay Area. Don't forget - all donations are tax-deductible!

Teams & Leaders 2014
Thank you!

Almaden Eagles, Ann Verdi
Bob-O-Links, Bob Power
Cheeky Chickadees, Debbie Thompson
Cupertino Creek Cruisers, Deborah Jamison
Fledglings, Pati Rouzer
Hi Speed Rails, Bob Power
Lens Loons, Caroline Lambert
Mean Green Machines, Rob Furrow
Oh my Godwits, Beth Hamel
Palyformes, Bob Power
Persistent Picidaes, Lisa Myers
Plover Exposure, Steven Tracey
ReDUCKtions, Caroline Lambert
Rock Wrens, Bob Hirt
Rushing Thrushes, Bob Power
Saint Anthony Ranchers, Jim Liskovec
Snipe Hunters, Laurie Roberts
Surf Scoters, Susan Bell
The Big Game, Rob Furrow
The Jack Sparrows, Barry Langdon-Lassagne
Two Towhees, Amy Sanchez
Ultrabirders, Steven Patt
Varied Twitchers, Mike Rogers
Wrong Terns, Elaine Gould

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