A Bird-A-Thon is competition to identify as many species of birds as possible in a given amount of time. Participants ask friends, families, and co-workers to sponsor their Bird-A-Thon by donating money per species or at a flat rate.  All funds support the Alaska Songbird Institute’s research and education programs.

Ways to participate:

Donate to support a birder, team or the Bird-A-Thon itself.


Join in one of our four Boreal Bird-A-Thon events. 

24 Hour Boreal Bird-A-Thon:
The classic. Bird anytime, anywhere, as a team, or by yourself, in a 24 hour period in May or June.

The Big Year:
Bird the whole year, anywhere, anytime. You define the area and how often you bird. Bird solo or as a team.

How to participate in the 24 hour of Big Year
  • Register online or contact April to register.
  • Define an area for your Bird-A-Thon.
           Suggested Areas
           Yard                                        Creamer’s Field
           North Star Borough                   State of Alaska
           United States                            International
  • Get sponsors: Sponsors can either pledge a certain amount per species (estimate for your sponsor a potential species total) or a set amount for the event. ASI’s suggested minimum goal for each participant is $250.
  • Keep a list of species and update your webpage for your sponsors.
  • Follow through on pledges from your sponsors:  Sponsors can pay at any time throughout the year. Our preferred method, if you wish to receive a tax receipt, is to pay online at http://aksongbird.org. Or sponsors can pay by check to the ‘Alaska Songbird Institute’, PO Box 80235, Fairbanks, AK 99708.
Birdy Brouhaha
A new event in 2018, the Birdy Brouhaha is a team competition to find the greatest number of species at Tanana Lakes. Form your own team or join a guided one, with some of the best birders in Fairbanks.  $10/person, children under 15 are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Please meet at the picnic area on Northlake Drive. A link to the Tanana Lake Trail Map is below.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8:00am-11:00am. Potluck to follow. 

Tanana Lakes Summer Trail Map
Creamer’s Field Bird Finder
Two hours of bird-finding fun on Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.  Guided by three-time Boreal Bird-A-Thon champion Mark D. Ross. Mark will show you all the hot spots on the Refuge. $10 suggested donation, all proceeds benefit the Alaska Songbird Institute and Friends of Creamer’s Field.
Date and time to be announced.