DOS BIRD-A-THON returns for 2021!

In the 15 years since it began, the Delaware Ornithological Society Bird-A-Thon raised over $600,000 for conservation in Delaware and has helped preserve over 2,100 acres of habitat!

The goal of this year's Bird-A-Thon: the acquisition of the Fortner Property, near Port Penn. Located within the complex of wetlands at Augustine Creek, this property is important to Delaware's small, apparently resident Sandhill Crane population, and includes quality marsh and mature forest habitat for a number of other species that are of conservation concern within the state, including rails and shorebirds. DOS has set a goal of raising $50,000 which will go to the acquisition of this property by our partners at Delaware Wild Lands, Inc..

This year the Sussex Bird Club team of Rob and Carol Blye, Susan Gruver, Nancy Cunningham, Sharon Lynn and Rob Schroeder (The Road Runners) will be participating in Bird-A-Thon on May 6th. We will spend an entire day birding to see as many species as we can. We will start before the sun comes up to listen for owls and whip-poor-wills and continue to bird until dark all over Sussex County. In 2019 the team recorded 133 species of birds and raised over $10,000! We were the top team in Sussex County! Your donation can be a fixed amount or a pledge per bird species. If you pledge per species, we will use our total to calculate your donation. To donate online; write in “Road Runners” so we can track progress towards our team goal of $5000. Please give whatever you can – no donation is too small!

Your donation that will preserve habitat for birds, other wildlife and people that love them! Contact our team leader Sue Gruver at to donate by check, per species, or with any questions about the Bird-A-Thon. THANK YOU!