Congratulations! You have decided to sponsor a Race 4 Birds!
Contact the R4B Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about what we can do to help you.
Gather one or more friends to help you think and act. More the better!
Find enough young people to form at least 3 teams. Including as many groups/organizations/schools as possible will make for a larger and more dynamic competition.
Select a geographic area for the race.
Identify a Finish Line – This is where species checklists will be turned in and winners announced. If you decide to sponsor a concluding banquet, you will need a suitable room for that.
Your bird race can be 2 hours, 24 hours and anything in between. Set a date and a start and end time. For a 24-hour race, we recommend a 5pm – 5pm timeframe over Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday. See What is Race 4 Birds?
Recruit Mentors. Connecting these Mentors to a suitable team is very important.
Send out a Save the Date notice well in advance.
Send out a Team Sign Up Invitation, Rules, Strategies, Checklist (for your geographic area and time of year) and Liability Release form. Include a ‘Request a Mentor’ Sign Up Sheet. Most forms are available on www.race4birds.org. Send us your feedback about new forms you need.
Select Judges to review checklists and make volunteer assignments for R4B Day. Judges do not need to be birding experts.
Contact local traditional media well in advance – radio, newspapers etc and share your event with the community. Provide photos and results after the event.
If you use Social Media, be sure to post and tweet about your R4B before, during and after the R4B Day.
A week before, send out a final notice to Teams and Volunteers with logistics.
R4B DAY Arrives! Have Judges available at the Finish Line to collect and score checklists.
Announce the Winners! Award certificates, ribbons and prizes as you see fit.
Congratulations! You have created a fun, educational and rewarding event for young people! Now, do it again next year – only bigger!