Bird-a-thon | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation



For the past 32 years, the International Crane Foundation has celebrated the return of migratory birds with our annual Bird-a-Thon. Teams of enthusiastic birders join us in raising our eyes to the sky and our ears to the wind to see how many species we can spot in 24 hours.

This May, due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to change the way we are doing our Bird-A-Thon. Our Co-founder George Archibald and President and CEO Rich Beilfuss will each lead a smaller-than-usual Bird-a-Thon team, with each team member driving their own vehicle and practicing safe distancing at each stop throughout the day. They will stick closer to home than in the past, but still visit some of the beautiful, birdy places in the area. They will count as many species as they can, and combine their lists of species spotted into a single master list to share with supporters.

We also encourage you to join us in May by birding in your local park or backyard! During this time of social isolation, birds can bring us together. Spending time in nature provides numerous mental and physical benefits and contributes to our overall well-being.

With your help, all cranes win! Pledge a specific dollar amount per species or make a fixed gift before the teams head out in May. All proceeds support our far-reaching conservation efforts. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Fiene.

White-breasted nuthatch. Photo by Ted Thousand