Birdathon Underway on May 7

Teams have 24 hours to find species

The Putnam Highlands Audubon  Society will hold its annual Birdathon starting Saturday, May 7, during which birding teams try to identify as many species as possible between Long Island and the Catskills.

The 2016 teams are Beakin’ Beginners (Scott Silver, captain, and Perry Pitt, co-captain), Garrison Gumshoes (Lew Kingsley, captain), Putnam Valley Bogtrotters (Rich Anderson, captain) and Wappingers Creakers (Eric Lind, captain). This year, the birders are again dedicating their efforts to the memory of three stalwarts, Jim and Doug Rod and Marty McGuire.

Tax-deductible contributions for the Birdathon teams help pay for public programs for children and adults, the care of the de Rham, Reese and Watergrass wildlife sanctuaries, support for the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary, summer internships at Constitution Marsh for high school students and the chapter’s newsletter and action alerts.

Donations may be sent to PHAS, P.O. Box 292, Cold Spring, NY 10516.

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