What is Bird-a-thon?
On May 10-11 Wildwood will participate in Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon. At this annual event, teams throughout Massachusetts (and at one very special property in New Hampshire) try to identify as many species of birds as possible in a 24-hour period while raising money for their favorite sanctuary. Bird-a-thon is a wonderful opportunity to put aside daily routines and enjoy the abundance of the natural world around us. It’s almost like a day at camp, in May!
What are we fundraising for?
Camperships! Every year Wildwood provides over $50,000 in camperships to families in need. Will you join our team in this important fundraising effort? Ask for donations to Wildwood from your friends and family. Your efforts will make it possible for more young people to experience the magic of Wildwood.
How can I participate?
There are many ways to take part in Bird-a-thon. Bring your walking shoes, a keen eye and ear, and a pair of binoculars and/or spotting scope if you have them on Saturday, May 11 to:
• Oxbow Wildlife Refuge: Join Heather Hill & Kyle Branin at Oxbow Wildlife Refuge at 7:30 am, meet at Still River Depot road parking lot and trailhead.
• Paker River National Wildlife Refuge: Join Wildwood Director Becky Gilles in Newburyport at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. We will explore lots of different habitats including woodlands, open meadows, and the edges of ponds. Meet at Parking Lot 1 at 9 am or at 12 pm.
• Regardless of what you do, set up a fund raising page, donate, and send us a list of the birds you find to be included in our official species count. Our hope is that all camp families will bird, donate and raise money for Wildwood!