Events In The Watershed

Wissahickon Birdathon Virtual Edition

Friday, May 01 at 05:00 pm -

Saturday, May 02 at 05:00 pm


Family Friendly

Margaret Rohdei

Update 4/30/20: Online registration is closed. You can still donate to support the event. If you would like to contact the event organizer, email


Wissahickon Trails invites all birders to join Wissahickon Birdathon Virtual Edition! 


Teams explore the Wissahickon watershed to identify as many species as possible during this 24-hour fundraiser. Birders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join the fun!


Now in its 26th year, Birdathon is a treasured spring ritual of our Wissahickon Trails community. In continuing to hold Birdathon 2020 despite the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 health crisis, we do not intend to downplay the severity of the situation. On the contrary, we hope to support everyone in adapting to life at home by offering the comfort of our time-honored traditions and evolving opportunities to stay connected with birds. One wonder of birds is that they can bring us peace in so many ways and so many places, even in somber and trying times. 


In order to allow teams and individuals to practice physical distancing we are expanding the geographic limits outside of the Wissahickon watershed, to include Montgomery, Philadelphia and Bucks Counties. Team members are permitted to bird individually and each team will compile a consolidated checklist from all of their members’ sightings. 


Whether you look out the window, explore your yard or neighborhood, or venture to a nearby park, if open, set time aside for the enjoyment of birds and raising critical funding for Wissahickon Trails critical conservation work.  


Teams collect donations to support our efforts to preserve and restore habitat for birds and all wildlife. To learn more about our bird conservation initiatives and where your donation dollars would be used click here


Don't have a team already? No problem! Email to join Wissahickon Trails’ traveling team, "The Phoebes" or email to join the Big Sit team, "The Chickadees." 


Register to be on a team HERE.

Download the flyer and pledge form HERE.

Donate online to support the Birdathon.


Important Information about the Birdathon Virtual Edition


  • Birding must be within the boundaries of Montgomery, Philadelphia and Bucks Counties 
  • $35 per person registration fee, which includes a t-shirt and a future celebration party 
  • Register by Wednesday, April 29, 2020 to participate 
  • Teams must contain a minimum of 2 members; there is no maximum number 
  • Teams can compete in the Travelling or Big Sit categories. 
  • Complete rules can be found here  CLICK HERE. 
  • Teams use  Wissahickon Trails Birdathon list to record species 2020 checklist
  • Team checklists are due electronically by 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 2. Team captain should email one (1) consolidated team checklist to Kristy Morley at


Contact  Kelly Joslin at or 215-646-8866 for more information or to enter your team.



Awards for the Birdathon Virtual Edition are to be determined


Birdathon Maps and Checklists


2020 Checklist - Teams use Wissahickon Trails' Birdathon list to record species and locations 

Birding Map (Google Maps) - Map of the Wissahickon watershed showing birding locations.  Use with BirdingLocations.pdf below.

BirdingLocations.pdf - Directions, coordinates, and details about sites commonly birded for the birdathon. Updated 5/2/17

Past Wissahickon Birdathon Official Results will be available soon - stay tuned.

Event Details
  • Location

    Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Bucks Counties

  • Price

    $35 registration fee per participant includes event t-shirt and future celebration party