Bird-a-thon FAQ

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Bird-a-thon FAQ

What do I bring?

We recommend bringing a water bottle and binoculars, if you have them. Wear sunscreen, a hat and closed-toed shoes.

Can I record a bird I didn’t see but heard?

You may want to download the Merlin app for help with birds you see or hear. Learn more at

If I use eBird app, do I have to complete the Urban Forest BIRD-A-THON tracking sheet?

No, if you’re using eBird, you won’t need use the  Urban Forest tracking sheet–your eBird report will suffice. Be sure, though, to have your location listed as “Huntington Central Park – Urban Forest,” and when completed “Share” the report via eBird to “Urban Forest” as a Shared Recipient for inclusion in the Bird-a-Thon. We do ask you to additionally email a copy of the completed eBird to along with your name, team name, team member names, and your contact information.

Is there a map? 

Yes, please click this link. It will indicate where to bird, where to park, and where the restrooms are, just outside of the Urban Forest.

Am I allowed to bird on multiple days?

Yes, feel free to bird any daylight hours from Sept. 22 – 25.

Are there age restrictions?

All ages are welcome. Birders will, however, need to be able to handle an intermediate-level walk on unpaved paths.

Where are the pledge forms?

You will find all participation materials – including sponsorship request letters and pledge forms – by clicking here. Pledge donors should remit their donation through the donation button at the top of this website or mail a check to:

Huntington Beach Tree Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1269
Sunset Beach, CA 90742

Donors are asked to clearly state which Bird-A-Thon team or Bird-A-Thon participant they are supporting – or your desire to simply support the Urban Forest Bird-A-Thon without recognizing a participant or team.

Is my donation to the HB Tree Society tax deductible?

Yes, we are a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3), 100% volunteer organization, EIN: 330815267.

Will results from the BIRD-A-THON be posted?

Yes, please watch the website for updates.

Who do I contact for more information?


Betty Kanne

Betty Kanne is a passionate birder based in Huntington Beach, California, known for her captivating "Bird of the Month" features authored for the HB Tree Society. With a keen eye and a deep appreciation for avian life, Betty brings to life the diverse array of bird species that call the Huntington Beach area home.

Betty's contributions play a vital role in raising awareness about the importance of birds in our ecosystems. Her dedication to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for birding inspires others to engage with nature and become stewards of their local environment, fostering a deeper connection between the community and the rich avian diversity of Huntington Beach, California.

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