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Spring is here! Lawns are beginning to green, the azaleas and dogwoods will soon be blooming, dandelions will once again populate our yards, and on every hike you hear the running of water as snow and ice are truly melting away! Stepping outside there is also a who new chorus of sound - spring peepers, wood frogs, and bird chatter! We cannot help looking around for all the signs of spring awakening and we begin to await the migration of birds. If you follow any birding reporting sites - eBird, Massbird listserve, or any number of Facebook pages - you know that you can see the migration progressing and each day there seems to be something new to discover at a feeder, in a field, on the water, or during a morning walk in the woods.
All this activity can only mean one thing - Bird-a-thon is upon us. This fundraiser and birding competition has been getting teams of birders to head out into all kinds of weather during spring migration for over 30 years. Bird-a-thon serves as a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.
But how do you get people to go out in any weather and identify birds? First, you find crazy people who love to be outside for long periods of time and enjoy the challenge of identifying birds. Then you throw in the idea that maybe you can add to your life list - you never know what the weather might bring in or how lucky you will be that day. Next you need a partner who is willing to spend long hours with you - late to bed and early to rise! Finally you add a little competition - you aren't just doing it for you and a great cause, but your efforts can help your team be better than all the other teams that are out birding (you know we all love a little healthy competition). Put all that together and how can anyone resist?
Last year, Team Moose Hill came on strong with a total of 237 species identified in 24-hours! That was enough to push us over the top and for the second year, win the Brewster Cup for the most species identified! We were beyond excited and now we have competition fever. We are ready to tackle the state once again from Friday night, May 10 through Saturday night, May 11. I have my assignments and goals and I cannot wait to get out and bird!
This year, I am raising money for Bird-a-thon because I believe in the importance of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. With the ever increasing intensity and frequency of storms, we cannot forget the importance of the work that we do. I support Mass Audubon’s efforts to protect and steward the environment of Massachusetts through conservation, education, and advocacy. Your support of me and my partner, my sister (its a tradition now!) only lifts us higher as we aim to once again find black skimmers, gulls, terns, owls, sparrows and warblers. Last year we were excited to see and identify an artic tern - every year is different and every year our birding skills grow.
Team Moose Hill has set an ambitious goal to raise $6,000 this year. Any amount is appreciated and all your donations support the conservation efforts and educational programs at Moose Hill.
Thank you for your support and think of us on May 10 as we head to Martha's Vineyard to bird for team Moose Hill and defend out title!