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Big Day Birdathon: Friends of Wood Lake Fundraiser

Saturday, May 6, 5:30 am to 5:00 pm, Wood Lake Nature Center

Post Date:02/01/2017 9:29 AM

Mark your calendars for Wood Lake’s fourth-annual Big Day Birdathon, Saturday, May 6, at Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive.  The event begins at 5:30 am and runs until 5:00 pm (feel free to attend any part of the day you wish).  This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Wood Lake and promotes bird conservation and education in a fun, participatory way.

Registration is $30 per person, which may be collected through pledges for bird species seen. This is a 12-hour event; you're invited to participate in as much of it as you like. Birders are encouraged to raise as much financial support as possible; grand prizes will be awarded to the birders who raise the most financial support and observe the most bird species.  Events include a live eagle show by the Audubon Center of the North Woods, naturalist-guided bird hikes, live bird-banding demonstrations, bird photography class, and opportunities to win fabulous prizes!  Tickets may also be purchased for $5 for just the Live Eagle Show on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call Wood Lake at 612-861-9365 for information.    

Links (will be updated in mid-February with 2017 info):
Printable schedule of events * Pledge form * Birdathon rules *  WL Birding Guide

All participants receive:

*Continental breakfast
*An event t-shirt
*Opportunity to participate in naturalist-guided bird hikes (three are scheduled)
*Free admission to the live bird banding program
*Free admission to the National Eagle Center Live Eagle Show.
*Opportunity to win amazing door prizes and grand prizes from generous sponsors.
*Refreshments during the award ceremony.

To register, call Wood Lake Nature Center at 612-861-9365.  Register a team (one to six people).  Include your team name, individual team member names, main contact phone number and email address.  Then, print the pledge sheet(s) and gather pledges from friends and family until May 22.  All participants are encouraged to raise $30 or more to cover the registration fee.

Bring your pledge sheet(s) on the day of the event so we can make copies. If no pledges are collected or are less than $30, the fee for the event per participant is $30.  Send in collected monies to Wood Lake Nature Center no later than May 22.  

So, get your team together today or bird as an individual for the opportunity to win fabulous prizes while helping bird conservation and education at Wood Lake Nature Center! 

5:30-8:00 am 
- Registration and Continental Breakfast (pledge sheets are due)
6:00 am - Big Day Birdathon Official Start
7:00 am - Guided Bird Hike
8:00 am - Guided Bird Hike
9:00 am - Bird Banding Program with Carpenter Nature Center
10:00-10:30 am - Informal Q&A with bird banders
11:00 am-1:00 pm - Lunch (not provided...birders eat on their own)
1:00 pm - Guided Bird Hike
3:00-4:00 pm - Live Eagle Show with the National Eagle Center
5:00 pm - Big Day Birdathon Official End
5:00-5:45 pm - Refreshments and Social, Awards Ceremony, Door Prize Drawing

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