Final. Birds of AT 2019

6th Annual Birds For Books Fundraiser

In April 2019 we will be holding our 6th annual Birds for Books fundraiser. Birds for Books is a bird-a-thon which partners bird lovers of all ages with the Friends of Hot Springs Library for a yearly fundraiser to benefit the Hot Springs Library Summer Reading Program and the New Library Building Fund.

Join us for our Birds For Books Kick-Off Event on Thursday April 4th, 6:30 pm at the Hot Springs Welcome Center.  North With Spring: Birds of the Appalachian Trail with speaker Mark Hopey of the Southern Appalachian Raptor Center.  Learn about the migratory birds that travel from Central and South American every spring to nest along the forests of the Appalachian Trail.  Light Refreshments will be provided.

 Birds for Books works just like a walk-a-thon, except instead of walking we watch and count bird species on the last Saturday in April.  Our 2019 Birds for Books hike will take place on Saturday April 27th with a rain date of Sunday April 28th.  All ages are welcome to participate!  If you would like to sign up for the hike, contact Pete Dixon

Supporters can pledge at one of four levels, .25, .50, .75 or $1.00 per species, and since we usually see about 100 species of birds, the pledges generally just multiply from cents to dollars. Another important element in Birds for Books is getting young people involved. Every year, kids from the community are included, with the hope that for some kids, bird watching may become a life long hobby! And helping to care for their local library is another job we hope they will learn.

HOW TO MAKE A PLEDGE:   Stop in the Hot Springs Library and sign our pledge book, or send us an email at  and let us know your pledge level:

  • .25 per species = Kinglet Pledge

  • .50 per species = Swallow Pledge
  • .75 per species = Redtail Pledge
  • $1.00 per species = Osprey Pledge

 HOW TO PAY:  We’ll contact you via e-mail and let you know the total bird count after our hike on April 27th.  We’ll let you know your total (we usually see/hear around 100 species, so your .25 pledge = $25, or your .50 pledge = $50 and so on). You can mail a check, stop in the library or pay via credit card (or paypal) from this website.  It’s easy!