Birding for Arcadia
Bird-a-thon is an annual competition of bird-spotting held across Massachusetts. Teams compete by identifying as many bird species, and raising as much money, as possible in a 24-hour period. I am a part of the Valley team and will only be birding in Hampshire County (instead of the entire state) to reduce the carbon emissions of our team. In 2018, our team won the County Cup, a prize for counting the most species in one county relative to a county par.
2019 is a special year at Arcadia. It is our 75th anniversary. This is also a special year for me. I have been involved at Arcadia for 40 years. It has been a privilege to see all the progress at Arcadia and the other sanctuaries in the Connecticut River Valley. Land protection has been a very important part of what we do at Arcadia. But my primary focus and one of the things that has kept me coming back is the educational program. The last couple of years we have expanded our educational outreach to include a climate change curriculum for middle and high school students. I have enjoyed working with these students and helping them decide what impacts they can have in their communities to help mitigate climate change.
Please join me in contributing to Bird-a-thon so that Arcadia can continue its mission of land protection, education and addressing climate change. Thanks!