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Bird-a-thon Incentives & Awards

Up for a little competition? Here's what you and your team are working toward.

Individual Awards

Young Birder

Any participant under 18 who raises $200 or more.

  • Incentive: Mass Audubon swag from the Mass Audubon Shop.
  • Young Birder Icon on your Bird-a-thon profile page.

Feathered Friend

Any individual participant who raises $125+.

  • Includes: A keepsake Bird-a-thon t-shirt. 
  • Feathered Friend Icon on your Bird-a-thon profile page.

High Flyer

Any individual participant who raises $500+. 

  • Incentives include all of the above benefits, plus:
  • Complimentary registration to an online Mass Audubon educational program.
  • High Flyer Icon on your Bird-a-thon profile page.

Mighty Migrant

Any individual participant who raises $1,000+. 

  • Incentives include all of the above benefits, plus:
  • Recognition on the Bird-a-thon results page.
  • An invitation to join one of two special group birding outings, led by a member of the Bird Conservation Leadership Team.
  • Mighty Migrant Icon on your Bird-a-thon profile page.

Eagle Eye

Any individual participant who raises $2,500+. 

  • Incentives include all of the above benefits, plus:
  • The choice of one print from a selection of drawings by Massachusetts-based illustrator Avery Whitlock.
  • Eagle Eye Icon on your Bird-a-thon profile page.

Winged Warrior

Any individual participant who raises $5,000+. 

  • Incentives include all of the above benefits, plus:
  • An invitation for you and one guest to a join a VIP Birding Experience with Mass Audubon’s President David O’Neill.

Statewide Top Individual Fundraiser

The individual participant who raises the most money across the state.

  • Incentive: a curated gift from the Mass Audubon Gift Shop.

Team Fundraising Awards

Hatheway Cup

Trophy awarded to the team that raises the most money.

Taking Flight Cup

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

Team Spirit Award

Given to the team with the greatest ratio of fundraisers to team members.

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 about County Cup

Sitting Duck Award

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

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 page.

Nature Activity Awards

Devoted Dove Award

Certificate awarded to the team with the most Nature Activity Points.

Faithful Flycatcher Award

Certificate awarded to the team with the second most Nature Activity Points.