On the evening of May 10 and through the whole day of May 11, over 750 birders from all over Massachusetts will compete to identify the most species of birds in that 24-hour period. Bird-a-thon is a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.
I have been doing the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon for so many years that I have long ago lost count (of how many years, not how many birds)! Each year I do it for the Trailside Museum and their Snowy Owl program. The money our team raises directly supports research where the project manager captures and attaches bands and transmitters to snowy owls at Logan Airport. They are then released in other locations, protecting both the birds and the airplanes. The tiny transmitters send data such as location, temperature, and altitude, enabling researchers to learn more about migration routes, behavior, breeding patterns, and the effects of climate change on these owls.
This year the weather so far has been rainy and cold, with few birds being observed. Hopefully, the weather will improve, and more birds will finally arrive. Please join me in supporting this important work by donating through my personal fundraising page.
Many thanks for your support. Don't feel that a large donation is needed. I would rather have more people give smaller amounts.