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Prizes and Sponsors

We would like to extend a warm thank you to our incredible sponsors! Please patronize these charitable businesses whose generosity helps make Birdathon exciting and successful in raising funds for our conservation and education programs.


Check this list often, as we will be adding new prizes as they come in. During the Awards Dinner, prizes will be distributed to the individuals who have raised the most money; winners of other awards categories will have their names engraved on plaques (Find the list of Awards Categories here). Prizes will also be given away as door prizes. Please respect offer expiration dates.


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to become a sponsor, please email the Birdathon Coordinator at


Last Updated: May 1, 2019

Birdathon Competition Prizes

  Owl-Themed Gift Basket
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
A selection of prizes from our Nature Shop, including an SCVAS logo hoodie, hat, set of Rigel Stuhmiller owl cards, and rusted owl sign, worth over $100.
  Family Four Pack to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (website)
Spend a day with the kids (or grandkids) exploring the purple walls of the Discovery Museum, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits, including the new Bill's Backyard outdoor learning environment. Named one of the top 10 children's museums by Child Magazine, CDM of San Jose has served more than 8.6 million children, families, care-givers, and visitors since opening in 1990.
1 Pair of Celestron 71330 Nature DX 8x32 Binoculars
Chuq von Rospach
Start off the Birdathon season with new optics! These waterproof and fog-proof binoculars are the right combination of magnification, field of view, and close focus distance for birding. 
2 Tickets for a Monterey Bay whale and Bird Watching Trip with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris (website)
Join us for a fun-filled day of whale watching and pelagic birding. In the summer, Blue Whales and Humpback Whales come from far shores to feed in the fabulously rich Monterey Bay marine ecosystem. This is also a good time for watching seabirds and our best chances for calm weather. We will see dolphins, possibly even Orcas, and, once in awhile, Leatherback Turtles. Our leaders are very knowledgeable and experienced. We depart from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey; more details will be provided when you make your reservation. Please note this is a non-smoking tour. The tour will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Field Guide to Birds of California by Alvaro Jaramillo
American Birding Association
A photographic field guide with one bird featured per page. Each concise species account includes measurements, scientific name, identification description, voice, behavior, and the habitat it is likely to be found in. Read more about the book here.
Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting for 10
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards (website
Treat yourself and your closest friends to an exclusive tour and tasting with Cooper-Garrod's winemaker! Cooper-Garrod is a boutique winery nestled in the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the hillsides above Saratoga, with award winning wines. Value of $300.
One-year Membership to the American Birding Association
American Birding Association (website)
Membership to the American Birding Association (ABA) includes a year-long subscription to Birding and Birder's Guide magazines, access to members-only material on the ABA website, and ABA event opportunities. For more information on the ABA, visit their site here.
  Local Birding Excursion
Bob Hirt and Mike Mammoser
You and three of your closest friends will design a custom birding adventure to a local destination led by Bob Hirt and local birding expert Mike Mammoser. This is the perfect time to fulfill your dream of finding a special species or birding a particular area with one of the Bay Area's best birders as your guide. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.

Gift Basket
Los Gatos Birdwatcher (website)
Prize basket filled with hand-selected avian accoutrements for the best birder around, picked by the Los Gatos Birdwatcher's very own Lisa Myers. 

  Orion 12-36x50mm Scope
Bob Hirt
This lightweight, waterproof spotting scope is perfect for birding on foot, and comes with both a miniature and full-size tripod for all your viewing requirements. Both the scope and tripod come with carrying cases for easy transportation.
  2 California Academy of Sciences Passes and Bird Walk
Bob Hirt
"The Birds of Costa Rica (in the aviary at California Academy of Sciences) and Golden Gate Park" led by Bob Hirt. Bob co-led three of SCVAS' Costa Rica field trips in the past. We hope to spot Red-legged Honeycreepers, Blue-gray and Silver-throated Tanagers, as well as other birds. Afterwards, we will have a nice lunch at the cafeteria, followed by a short bird walk in the park for some of our local favorites and maybe some fall vagrant rarities. Date to be agreed on will be from mid-August to mid-November 2019 to capture fall migration and nice weather!