The Helmut Grünberg Yukon Birdathon is an annual birdwatching event that doubles as a fundraiser for the Yukon Bird Club.  It was renamed in 2015 to honour our long-time friend and pillar of the Yukon birding community, Helmut Grünberg, who passed away in February 2015.  Read the primer for more information about this exciting 24 hours of fun that comes around every year on the last weekend of May!

32nd Annual Yukon Birdathon 2017 !!

Friday-Saturday May 26-27 (5pm to 5pm). All are welcome!

The Yukon Bird Club’s annual fundraiser, the Helmut Grünberg Yukon Birdathon, is a fun way to celebrate our diverse and beautiful bird life while raising funds in support of bird and habitat conservation in the Yukon.

The Yukon Bird Club is very pleased to have Selena Boothroyd and Scott Williams as our 2017 Feature Birders – please supporting Selena & Scott in their Birdathon quest!

Please see the documents below for the Yukon Birdathon primer, pledge sheet, and Selena & Scott’s sponsor sheet.

The Yukon Birdathon is an opportunity to celebrate birds while respecting their well-being and habitats! For your interest, we’ve included the Yukon Bird Club’s Code of Ethics.

Thanks for your support & Happy Spring!!

Note from Acting Birdathon Coordinator Jim Hawkings.

Funds raised in the Birdathon support the conservation and education programs of the club, which includes pretty much everything we do. Our major programs are our field trips, various grants and awards to individuals and other organizations, checklists and birding pamphlets, the Yukon Warbler newsletter, and Christmas Bird Counts. We also support special projects from time to time, for example the recent studies at the Whitehorse Sewage Lagoon.

People are welcome to participate even if they have no sponsors Beginners are also welcome – you don’t have to be an expert! The event is open to anyone.

I would especially encourage people to discover the joys of enviro-birding (using human-powered transportation) from their home or wherever they happen to be.

I also want all participants to know they are welcome at the post-Birdathon BBQ at Robert Service Campground starting at 6 pm on Saturday evening. Bring something to BBQ for yourself and if possible something to share (salad, dessert, appy). Bring your own dishes as well. A BBQ will be provided. This is a great time to relax and share stories of success, failure, and survival in the wild world of birdwatching.

We have prizes to give out!
We will be announcing winners in the following categories:
· Most bird species seen
· Most bird species seen by an envirobirder party
· Most bird species seen by a youth (25 and under)
· Youngest participant
· Oldest participant (if you dare to tell us your age!)
· Most bird species seen by a family (2+ family members)

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Each year we highlight a member of the Yukon birdwatching community as our “Feature Birder” for the Birdathon.  Consider sponsoring our feature birder, especially if you want to support the Club’s work but can’t participate in the Birdathon yourself.

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Awareness, Appreciation and Conservation of Yukon Birds and their Habitats