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By Kris Dobney, Donor Relations Coordinator

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the prize donors, participants, and sponsors whose unwavering support made the 2023 Birdathon a soaring success. Your dedication and generosity help raise critical funds and awareness for bird conservation, and we’re deeply grateful for your commitment.

Arthur Needles poses in front of a provincial wildlife area in full birding gear.
Our 2023 Birdathon Grand Prize winner Arthur Needles. Photo: Kevin Shackleton 

One of the most inspiring highlights of 2023 was the return of so many dedicated Birdathon participants. George Pond, Ron and Lynda Valentine, and Dwight and Barbara Neufeld are just a few who have been doing Birdathon for over 30 years. Amazing!

Now, let’s raise our binoculars and applaud our esteemed 2023 Birdathon prize winners! Claiming the coveted Grand Prize this year is Arthur Needles from Alliston, ON. Arthur has earned this unforgettable Eagle-Eye Tours adventure many times over. His dedication to the Birdathon is very much appreciated by both Birds Canada and his birding team: The Warbler Hunters. Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you, Arthur!

A special shout-out goes to Kowa for generously donating two pairs of their premium binoculars. These desirable treasures find their new homes with Alvan Buckley of Toronto, ON, and Phillip Mercier from Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC.

Alvan Buckley stands on a rock near the coastline.
Alvan Buckley is one of our winners of a pair of premium Kowa binoculars. Photo: Willow English 

Vortex Canada added to the excitement by contributing an array of fantastic prizes:


  • Barbara MacDuff from Baie-d’Urfé, QC, can now enjoy birdwatching with a brand-new spotting scope and tripod.
  • Michelle Hamilton from Kelowna, BC; Andrew Macdonald from Toronto, ON; and Cathy McCrae from London, ON, each received a pair of top-of-the-line binoculars.
Barbara MacDuff poses with birding team The Red-eyed Wearios
Barbara MacDuff and the Red-eyed Wearios. Photo: Connie Erndt
Stay tuned for updates on the eagerly anticipated 2024 Birdathon. Follow our Birds Canada blog and social media channels for the latest news and announcements in March.


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