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The National Twitchathon is BirdLife Australia's spring race for bird conservation. It's a friendly competition in which teams of birders race to see or hear as many bird species as possible in a set time, while raising funds for BirdLife's crucial conservation and research projects.

There are three races to choose from: the 30-hour 'Big Weekend', the 12-hour 'Big Day' and the 3-hour 'Birdathon'. All you have to do is register a team, start fundraising for your state's elected species amongst co-workers, friends and family, and get racing to clock up your species count.

The Birdathon is suitable for everyone, young and old, experienced and novice. Each team has three 1-hour blocks to birdwatch over the course of the day, which they can choose to use at any time, and in any place. So one hour (or more) could be spent at your local park or wetland, or it could be that patch of mallee or rainforest that’s a few hours’ drive away. Register a team here.

Even if you are busy on the race weekend, you can still play an important role by sponsoring a team or donating directly to your state’s cause. 

Earlier Event: October 27
Australasian Shorebird Conference
Later Event: November 17
Hooded Plover Biennial Count