Biothon 2018

The Hitchcock Center’s 19th annual Biothon is in Memory of Elizabeth Farnsworth.

Biothon happens May 11-13 and June 1-3, 2018. A fundraiser for the Hitchcock Center’s environmental education programs, Biothon is a team event during peak spring biodiversity, getting us outside to explore and count local species.

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. You can join Biothon during either weekend: Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13 or on Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3.

Ways you can join Biothon

Form your own Biothon team
Join an existing team — check back soon for a list of available outings.

Gifts and Gear

You can also support the Biothon by purchasing a set of our coloring postcards for $10 (six native species in all: black bear, garter snake, witch hazel, red-tailed hawk, monarch butterfly, spotted salamander). These one-of-a-kind postcards feature the original illustrations of biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator Elizabeth Farnsworth, and are available for sale in the Hitchcock Center Visitor’s Center.

Information for teams

Biothon Overview
Pledge Form
Sample Email Messages

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!

Where in the valley can you see hard-to-find species like this beautiful yellow lady’s-slipper orchid in bloom?

Helpful Identification Resources

Biothon 2017 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 

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