2011 Bird-a-thon Results & Highlights

Mass Audubon’s 28th Bird-a-thon was a wonderful success. We raised over $175,000 which will, sustain programs and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state. An impressive total of 633 enthusiastic birders participated in Bird-a-thon this year, as well as an additional 38 “virtual” birders who helped raise funds.

The weather began with a warm calm on Friday evening, and turned into a foggy and cool Saturday morning along the coast with clearing by mid morning and comfortable conditions for most of the day inland.

A total of 270 species during the 24-hour event were seen. Among the more notable species recorded were:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • King Eider
  • Pacific Loon
  • Black Vulture
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Chuck-will’s-widow
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Blue Grosbeak

We are thrilled to present the complete list of award winners below. We also would like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s Bird-a-thon – it is because of your support that Bird-a-thon continues after 28 years! We could never do this without you. Thank you!

Be sure to watch the Bird-a-thon slideshow! See if you can spot your team!

Award Winners! Bird-a-thon 2011

Brewster Cup (1st place team for most species seen during bird-a-thon 2011) Drumlin Farm, 227 species

Forbush Award (2nd place team for most species seen during bird-a-thon 2011) Blue Hills 216 species

Hatheway Cup (1st place team for most money raised) Drumlin Farm $41,516.27

The $ Cup (2nd place team for most money raised) Joppa Flats $21,939.81

Statewide Migration Award (greatest % increase in fundraising total from the previous year) IBA with a 37.93% increase over 2010 fundraising

IBA Regional Award (low carbon footprint award) IBA Team with a total of 169 species counted only in IBAs located in Plymouth and Bristol County

Regional Migration Awards For sanctuaries/teams showing the greatest percentage increase in fundraising dollars from 2010 to 2011. All will receive a Mass Audubon funded pizza or ice cream party for the staff or Bird-a-thon team.

  • Greater Boston /North Shore – Boston Nature Center with a 31% increase in fundraising from 2010 to 2011
  • Southeast/Islands – Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with a 37% increase in fundraising from 2010 to 2011
  • Central/West – Broad Meadow Brook with a 22% increase in fundraising from 2010 to 2011

Statewide Top Individual Fundraiser – Kathy Seymour who raised $17,163.36 for Drumlin Farm. Kathy will receive a one-of-a-kind, signed, framed, and matted 8 x 10 custom digital illustration of the bird of her choice designed by Mass Audubon graphic designer and artist Kristin Foresto

Top Three Fundraisers by Region (Non-staff) – Each will receive a Mass Audubon organic cotton tote bag.

  • Greater Boston/North Shore – Ann Gurka (Joppa Flats), Carol Gladstone (Blue Hills) Marygrace Barber (Boston Nature Center)
  • Southeast/Islands – Ivan Ace (Wellfleet Bay), John Riehl (Wellfleet Bay), Janet Drohan (Wellfleet Bay)
  • Central/West – Anne Lombard (CRV), Stephanie Hill (Wildwood), Larry Pistrang (Wachusett Meadows)
  • Headquarters/Others – Michael Pappone (IBA), Mary Richmond (CWP), Jeff Peters (Gordon’s Gaggle)

Young Birders Award: For any birder 18 or younger who raises $200 or more will receive an organic cotton tote bag.

  • Jack Tripp, Allens Pond
  • Ivan Tripp, Allens Pond
  • Corvas Sylvia, Allens Pond
  • Dan Fournier, Drumlin Farm
  • Jonah Boardman, Drumlin Farm
  • Miriam Boardman, Drumlin Farm
  • Shoshana Boardman, Drumlin Farm
  • James Ossam, Drumlin Farm
  • Jeffrey Ossam, Drumlin Farm
  • Michael Ossam, Drumlin Farm
  • Alan Ives, Long Pasture
  • Will Henrichon, Oak Knoll
  • Ella Henrichon, Oak Knoll

High Flyers- For any fundraiser who raised $500 or more will receive an invitation to attend 1 of 2 birding outings with the President of Mass Audubon and a star birder. If you raised more than $500 and your name is missing from the list please accept our apologies and contact [email protected].

Ivan Ace, Kay Andberg, Biff Atwater, Michael Baird, Marygrace Barber, Suzan Bellincampi, Mary Billingsley, Barrie Billingsley, Bruce Black, Jonah Boardman, Miriam Boardman, Shoshana Boardman, Susie Bowman, Julie Brandlen, Aileen & Rusty Briggs, Mary Brogan, Marie Broudy, Pam Chatis, Susan Coe, Nancy Crisciticello, Peter Crosson, Carol Decker, Jean Dorcus, Pat Donahue, Janet Drohan, Darcy Duke, Alex Dunn, Chris Eaton, Ryan Evans, Christy Foote-Smith, Dan Fournier, Deborah Freed, Diana Fruguglietti, Bill Gette, Ida Giriunas, Carol Gladstone, Steve Grinley, Ann Gurka, Melissa Hansen, Bobbie Hodson, David Hill, Stephanie Hill, Lisa Hutchings, Chris Leahy, Anne Lombard, Patrick Loranger, David Ludlow, Sue MacCallum, Andy Magee, Karen Marans, Candy Martinez, Henry Mauer, Keelin Miller, Lauren Miller, Charlie Nims, Joanne Normandin, Wendy O’Keefe, Karen O'Neill, James Ossam, Jeffrey Ossam, Michael Ossam, Michael Pappone, Jackie Pascucci, Cristina Pereira, Jeff Peters, Wayne Petersen, Tia Pinney, Larry Pistrang, Linda Pivacek, Gina Purtell, Mary Richmond, John Riehl, Peggy Sagan, Marsha Salett, Joe Scott, Kathy Seymour, Gwen Shipley, Molly Skaltis, Ava Steenstrup, Patti Steinman, Sandy Sutherland, Corvus Sylvia, Jack & Ivan Tripp, Joan Walsh, Dave Weaver, Daniel Wells, Strickland Wheelock, Kylee Wilson, Mary Wolf, Susan Wood, Roger Wrubel, Henrietta Yelle, Julia Yoshida

Finals Results by Team


# of Species

Amount Raised

Allens Pond 171 $4,646.91
Bird Conservation (Cape Ann and local areas only) 152 $6,870.29
Berkshires 197 $3,765.00
Blue Hills 216 $3,183.00
Boston Nature Center 179 $12,259.00
Broad Meadow Brook (Worcester County only) 188 $2,000.00
Broadmoor 188 $4,004.78
Connecticut River Valley 203 $2,100.00
Drumlin Farm 227 $41,516.27
Education 122 $974.63
Felix Neck (Martha’s Vineyard only) 134 $4,133.00
Gordon's Gaggle 139 $3,843.54
Habitat 175 $4,703.92
IBA (IBAs in Plymouth and Bristol County only) 169 $12,119.93
IRWS 215 $10,482.77
Joppa Flats  (Essex County only) 183 $21,939.81
Long Pasture 174 $5,800.00
Moose Hill 186 $1,695.00
Oak Knoll 148 $1,560.00
South Shore  (Plymouth County only) 163 $6,100.00
Stony Brook 181 $4,500.00
Wachusett 144 $2,749.84
Wellfleet Bay 209 $12,870.00
Wildwood 142 $950.00
Total 270 $174,767.69

A very warm thank you to everyone who participated in Bird-a-thon 2011, especially to the many birders and sponsors who together raised valued funds to help support the important work that Mass Audubon does to Protect the Nature of Massachusetts