Audubon Maryland-DC’s mission is to restore the natural ecosystems of Maryland and the District of Columbia, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Audubon Maryland-DC
Photo from our Feb. 29, 2020 "I Bird. I Vote." conservation summit courtesy of Hugh Simmons.
Join Audubon's IBA Backyard Birdathon Team!
The Maryland-DC 24-hour Backyard Birdathon starts TODAY (Friday, May 15) at 4 pm! Your donation will help Audubon protect birds and the places they need in Maryland and DC. 

Your support helps Audubon host the annual “I Bird. I Vote.” conservation summit. With our partners, Audubon Maryland-DC has helped advocate for bird-friendly legislation in the Maryland Legislature, including:
  • bans on fracking and polystyrene containers 
  • bird-safe buildings and climate change adaptation
  • in 2020, successfully banned the pesticide chlorpyrifos in the Maryland House and Senate (this was recently vetoed by Governor Hogan, but we will be back again with your support!)
Since our expert team can’t bird the entire State of MD under the current coronavirus restrictions on travel, we need you to participate in our safe, socially-distant backyard birdathon. See the rules below for more details on how you and your family can participate today at 4 pm.

Check out our invitation video on YouTube, featuring IBA Birdathon Team Members Matt Hafner, Mikey Lutmerding, Dan Small and Bill Hubick. Invite your friends to participate on Facebook. For more information, please visit our website at

We hope you’ll join us at 4 pm for the Backyard Birdathon!
The Rules
1.    Tally as many birds as you can close to home during the 24-hour period from 4 pm on Friday, May 15 until 4 pm on Saturday, May 16. Participants are welcome from anywhere in Maryland and DC, or in fact any states and country!

2.    Participants must abide by state and local guidelines for social distancing. Wear your face masks when applicable and stay six feet apart. Safety for yourself and others must be a priority.

3.    Participants are encouraged to stay close to home, but may hike, bike or paddle during the birdathon. You can even even participate from inside your home by birding through your window. Travel by planes, trains or automobiles is strictly prohibited.

4.    Tally the number of species (not the number of individuals) you can identify by sight or sound.

5.    To support the conservation work of Audubon Maryland-DC, make a pledge per species, or just pledge an overall amount, and collect pledges from your friends. All donations should be made safely online here.

6.    At the end of the Birdathon, shortly after 4 pm on May 16, send an email to David Curson at with your species list and the pledge total you raised.

7.    If you want to have a photo posted on our Facebook page, attach to your email a photo of you and/or your family birding. Please include the names as you’d like them to appear (such as “The Smith Family” or first names only) and your hometown. We will post the photos and species lists on the Audubon Facebook page. Or, use #BackyardBirdathon and tag Audubon Maryland-DC in your post.

8.    Participants with the most funds raised and most species tallied will receive prizes and special recognition from Audubon Maryland-DC.

If you have questions, please email Patty Smith at
Please donate today!
Audubon Maryland-DC
2901 East Baltimore Street, Box 2, Baltimore, MD 21224 USA
(410) 558-2473

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