Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon 2020

House Wren spotted during Bird-a-thon in a previous year
House Wren spotted during Bird-a-thon in a previous year

Science and Bird Conservation

Science and Bird Conservation's Team Page

There are lots of ways to get involved in our Bird-a-thon efforts:

  • Want to make a gift to Science and Bird Conservation's team as a whole? Click Donate Now.
  • Want to support the fundraising efforts of specific team member? Look for their name on the roster to the right and donate through their page.
  • Want to participate in the day-of activities of Bird-a-thon and help us get more points? Email
  • Want to help us raise money for science and bird conservation at Mass Audubon? Click Join Team and create a fundraising page. 


From May 15-16, nature heroes from all over Massachusetts will focus on nature by participating in Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, this will be the organization’s first Bird-at-home-a-thon, which will be carbon-free, safety-focused, and family-friendly!

Teams representing different Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs will come together to collectively identify as many species of birds in a 24-hour period and also complete other fun, nature-based activities from their home. Bird-a-thon serves as a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.

Mass Audubon’s Conservation Science Department is dedicated to delivering the best science-based information available to support and advance Mass Audubon’s mission. Our work addresses conservation needs in many habitats including grasslands, forests, shrublands, coastal areas, and coastal islands. 

Your donation to our Bird-a-thon team will help…

  • Jeff Ritterson, William Freedberg, and Tom Lautzenheiser improve bird habitat through forest management at the Elm Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Brookfield and North Brookfield.
  • Danielle Perry, our new Statewide Climate Adaptation Ecologist, conduct climate change vulnerability assessments for many of Mass Audubon's wildlife sanctuaries.
  • William Freedberg and the TerraCorps service members run the Avian Collision Team volunteer program that is studying bird-building strikes in Boston during migration.
  • Jon Atwood and Margo Servison run The Bobolink Project, which annually saves over a thousand young grassland birds in New England.
  • Josh Rapp and Jeff Ritterson incorporate "Climate-Smart Forestry" into forest management recommendations.
  • Joan Walsh, the Bertrand Chair, continue conducting research and outreach to protect birds. Her focus recently has been on the federally endangered Roseate Terns. She has also been looking into the effects that offshore wind turbines will have on Roseate Terns and other seabirds in southern New England.
  • Our Regional Scientists (Gene and Tom) continue the excellent work that they do to manage all of Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries for wildlife.
  • Wayne Petersen continue maintaining important partnerships with NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sancatuary and others.

…and much, much more.

Thank you for all that you do for the wildlife and nature of Massachusetts! We appreciate your support of our important work.

If you would prefer to give via check, send the check payable to Mass Audubon with a note that it is for Science and Bird Conservation's Bird-a-thon team to Margo Servison's attention at 208 S Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

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