Help Us Help Portland Audubon!


For many years Backyard Bird Shop’s Retailed Hawks Team has made a birding road trip to participate in Portland Audubon’s Birdathon. Birdathon is like a walk-a-thon but instead of logging miles, participants log the number of bird species they find and identify.

With the need to practice safe-distancing, our plans for a team road-trip going from Portland to The Dalles evaporated. Learning that Portland Audubon was forging ahead with their fundraiser, it was time to improvise.

On Tuesday, May 12, our Retailed Hawks will count birds species from their very own backyard perch. Following the count, our team members will meet up via Zoom to create a combined species list. We will also raise a glass of wine in a toast to our native birds for the cheer and sanity they provide during this time of isolation.

How can you participate? Sponsor our Retailed Hawks Team with a pledge donation by June 5th. Your donation supports Portland Audubon’s important work on behalf of our birds and wildlife. As a bonus, our team captains, Darlene Betat and Skip Russell, have promised to send every Team Sponsor an email recap of our count day—complete with birdy highlights, our team’s species list and photos. To receive this special report, make an on-line pledge donation to our team at

by June 5, 2020. No pledge is too small or too large! Every pledge counts!