The Hitchcock Center’s 18th Annual 2017 Biothon starts May 12th! You’ve heard of marathons, walk-a-thons, and dance-a-thons: this is our version. Biothon is a fundraiser for the Hitchcock Center’s environmental education programs. And it’s a fun and educational way to document the biodiversity of our region. Biothon is a team event during peak spring biodiversity.
Teams choose the time, location, and species to count: birds, plants, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects, or everything! Teams collect pledges in support of their outing.
Teams will be out identifying species in the Valley at specific sites for any time period (up to 24-hours) on Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14 or on Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4. Teams choose their day and time, where to go out, and what species to count.
Your participation helps us to document our region’s biodiversity, and strengthen high-quality environmental education programs for our whole community – thank you!
Ways you can get involved with Biothon
Form your own Biothon team
Donate to Biothon
Join a Biothon team:
- Register: May 12, 5-6:30pm – Amherst, with Alan Hurwitz & Cynthia Brubaker
- Register: May 13, 7:30-10am – Hadley, with Dan Ziomek
- Register: May 13, 10:30am-1:30pm – Amherst, with Elizabeth Farnsworth and Nancy Eddy
- Register: May 14, 7am-12pm – Hadley area, with Scott Surner
- Register: May 14, 11am-1pm – Royalston, with Elizabeth Farnsworth and David Kotker
- Register: June 2, 2-4pm – Lithia Springs Reservoir, Granby, with Elizabeth Farnsworth and Nancy Goodman
- Register: June 3, 10am-Noon – Mt. Toby in Leverett, with Danielle Barshak
- Register: June 4, 7-10am – Hadley, with John Green
Gifts and Gear
You can also support the Biothon by purchasing a limited-edition Biothon t-shirt for just $10 (youth, women, and men’s sizes available) or a set of our new coloring postcards for $10 (six native species in all: black bear, garter snake, witch hazel, red-tailed hawk, monarch butterfly, spotted salamander). Both items feature the original illustrations of biologist, eduactor, and scientific illustrator Elizabeth Farnsworth, and are available for sale in the Hitchcock Center Visitor’s Center.
Information for teams
Share Biothon weekend events on facebook. Share your excitement, results, and pictures of your team’s outing on your favorite social media platform using #Biothon. Don’t forget to tag the Hitchcock Center!
Helpful Identification Resources
Biothon 2016 Master Species List
Biothon 2015 Master Species List
Biothon 2014 Master Species List
All Plants – New England Wild Flower Society’s Go Botany
Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds
Insects – Bugguide
Trees – Smithsonian’s LeafSnap
All organisms – DiscoverLife IDNature Guides
Snakes of Massachusetts – UMass Amherst