Birdathon is an annual fundraiser that supports the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship and care of the animal ambassadors that live at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Read below if you would like to learn more or if you’d like to start your own birding team.

Join a Team or Pledge Now

Birdathon Overview

There so are many great reasons to spend time outside looking for birds, especially during the spring migration season. ACNC’s annual Birdathon is a staff favorite because it combines birding with raising money for a cause!

Each year, teams of birders raise money to fund the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship and to provide necessary upgrades to ACNC’s animal habitats.

The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship awards $500 scholarship to a student pursing a degree in an environmental-related field. Additional money raised beyond the scholarship funds will help pay for a new home for Audubon’s Snapping Turtle as well as updates to Liberty’s aviary and prep-room. ACNC goal is $4,000 to make the scholarship and all the projects possible.

You can help in a variety of ways!

Find a birding buddy and sign up as a team where people can pledge online to support your birding efforts. Birders can bird for 24 hours from April 29 – May 8, 2022. It’s up to you whether you bird for 24 hours straight or a few hours every day. At least 60% of the team must be present to count. Prize packages and awards will be given out to the teams that see the most birds, raise the most money, or have the most unusual sighting.

If you aren’t a birder, visit the website and support your favorite team. Donors can contribute based on the number of birds seen, or by making a flat contribution towards the cause.

Last year’s Audubon’s 2021 Birdathon teams included the ‘Venerable Vultures’, ‘Wrenegades’, ‘Flittering Flyways,’ ‘The Birding Classic,’ and ‘Birders on Bicycles’. 2021 teams raised more than $7,000 which went towards the Pamela A. Westrom Wildlife Habitat that was completed in the summer of 2021. Be sure to check out the Birdathon website to see what teams are participating this year!



Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

Thank you, Community Partners

Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Curt and Susie Westrom
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Bob Frucella's Tax Service
Bush Furniture, a Brand of eSolutions Furniture 
Hal and Mary Conarro
Univera Healthcare
Weinberg Financial Group
Whirley Drinkworks