The Townsend’s warbler is a migratory bird that just returned to Juneau. They winter in Mexico and can be found singing on local trails and wooded neighborhoods. (Courtesy Photo | Gwen Baluss)

The Townsend’s warbler is a migratory bird that just returned to Juneau. They winter in Mexico and can be found singing on local trails and wooded neighborhoods. (Courtesy Photo | Gwen Baluss)

Watch out: Audubon Society birding event still on

Annual event tallies birds around Southeast Alaska and raises funds.

Juneau Audubon Society scratched most of its spring and early summer events, but Juneauites are still invited to participate in a worldwide data collection effort.

Saturday will be the Global Big Day and 2020 Bird-A-Thon.

The GBD is a worldwide event that includes bird watching and data collection, which can be done while socially distanced. It’s also an opportunity for JAS to raise funds with proceeds split evenly between the organization and Southeast Alaska Food Bank, according to JAS.

To become a birder, people must be in Southeast Alaska, have an eBird account through eBird.org and learn how to submit a checklist. EBird is a worldwide bird checklist program offered through Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. Birders are encouraged to ask for pledges prior to the event.

Then, on May 9, people can bird watch from their backyard for 10 minutes or hit the trails for hours and report what they see, according to JAS. Results should be submitted to eBird no later than 5 p.m. Sunday.

People can pledge money by filling out a form online at https://forms.gle/VZUZPBBcrgPrr4xn8.

Pledges may be paid by sending a check to Juneau Audubon Society, P.O Box 21725, Juneau, AK 99802. They can also be made through a personal PayPal account and sending funds president@juneau-audubon-society.org.

Results of the day will be published to the JAS website, Facebook and in its newsletter, according to JAS.

Questions can be sent to mailto:info@juneau-audubon-society.org.

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