Bird-a-thon Incentives, Trophies, & Prizes

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2021 Team Point Awards


Eagle Eye Award *new*

Winner certificates awarded to the team with the highest average number of activity points. Points are earned based on the number of nature activities completed by team members. Learn more >

Mighty Migrant Award *new*

Winner certificate awarded to the team with the highest average number of species points. Points are earned based on the number of bird species seen by team members. Learn more >


2021 Team Birding Awards


Brewster Cup

Trophy awarded to the team that records the greatest number of species during Bird-a-thon according to the Official Bird-a-thon Rules.

Forbush Award

Plaque awarded to the team with the second highest number of species recorded during Bird-a-thon.

County Cup

Trophy awarded to the team with the highest percentage of the Birding Par Value Number for a chosen county in Massachusetts. Learn more >

Sitting Duck Award *new*

Trophy awarded to the team who records the greatest number of species while staying within a 25-foot diameter circle.


2021 Team Fundraising Awards


Hatheway Cup

Trophy awarded to the team that raises the most money.

The $ Cup

Trophy awarded to the 2nd place team for the most money raised.

Team Spirit Award *new*

Given to the team with the greatest percentage of team members who fundraised at least $50 each.

  • Prize: $100 Visa gift card to use for a project or team party.

2021 Individual Awards


Statewide Top Individual Fundraiser

The individual participant—non-staff—who raises the most money across the state.

  • Prize: A signed, framed, and matted 8 x 10 custom digital illustration of your bird of choice by Mass Audubon graphic designer and artist Kristin Foresto; OR a day of birding with Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon Director of Important Bird Areas.
Regional Top Individual Fundraisers

The individual participants (three in each region)—non-staff—who raise the most money for his/her team. Must raise at least $250. Does not include Statewide Top Fundraiser.

  • Prize: A $25 Mass Audubon gift card for use in our gift shops or towards programs fees.
Top Staff Fundraisers *new*

Top three staff fundraisers who raise the most money for their team.

  • Prize: Mass Audubon swag from the Mass Audubon Shop.
Young Birder

Any participant under 18 who raises $200 or more.

  • Prize: Mass Audubon swag from the Mass Audubon Shop.
High Flyer

Any individual participant who raises over $500. 

  • Prize: Invitation to a join one of two special birding outings with Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon's Director of Important Bird Areas.
Feathered Friend

Any individual participant who raises at least $125.

  • Prize: A keepsake Bird-a-thon t-shirt. 
Carbon-Free Chickadee

Any team member who remains carbon-free while participating in Bird-a-thon will receive special recognition on the Bird-a-thon results website.

125th Anniversary Challenge

In honor of Mass Audubon’s 125th Anniversary, there will be a special 125-item nature scavenger hunt that participants can complete. The scavenger hunt worksheet will be made public one week prior to Bird-a-thon weekend. Participants can start the scavenger hunt when the worksheet is made public, but must complete it by 6:00pm on May 15. Participants who complete the entire scavenger hunt will receive special recognition on the Bird-a-thon results website, and they will also be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize!