Wayne Petersen's Bird-a-thon Fund Raising Page
A bird-a-thon is “The fiscal hybrid of one of birding's most cherished institutions – the Big Day.” (Pete Dunne, WildBird May 1995)
Always an optimist, I belive that spring is once again about to return to New England! And with this joyous season comes Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon's most important annual fund raising event. As I continue to pursue the passion for birds that I've enjoyed since childhood, I will once again be raising money for bird conservation. More than ever I am hopeful that you will consider making a generous Bird-a-thon donation to support the bird conservation efforts that Mass Audubon has spear-headed since 1896.
Because of my venrable experience studying birds in the Commonwealth, I have witnessed far too many species seriously decline within my lifetime - the American Black Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Sora, Red Knot, Eastern Whip-poor-will, American Kestrel, Cliff Swallow, Vesper Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark to name but a few.
At the same time I have seen the deterioration, fragmentation, or total loss of once important bird nesting or migration stopover sites such as the Common Pastures in Newburyport, the mouth of the North River in Scituate, and the Cumberland Farms fields in Middleboro - all sites that were designated as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as recently as 15 years ago.
Since my college days leading Mass Audubon tours at Monomoy NWR as a summer naturalist at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in the 1960s, I've never lost my enthusiasm for sharing my knowledge and my experience with others. Following 18 years of teaching life science to middle school students, in 1988 I was privileged to join the staff of Mass Audubon as an ornithologist. Since then I’ve literally given countless lectures, taught numerous birding courses, and guided dozens of groups on international birding tours for nearly 40 years. At the same time I co-edited two Massachusetts breeding bird atlases, organized 26 statewide Birders Meetings, and authored three books on Massachusetts birdlife. These and related activities have galvanized my appreciation of how important funding is to bird conservation. And I'm particularly aware of how important dollars raised through Bird-a-thon can be to help advance Mass Audubon's bird conservation efforts.
As the senior member of the Bird Conservation Department, I can honestly say that I have spent most of my life working on behalf of bird conservation. So I hope you will continue to support my on-going efforts and that of my colleagues as we work to ensure the future well-being of birds in Massachusetts. Please make a generous donation to my fundraising page by simply clicking on the blue box to the right of this page. With warm thanks in advance for your generous support!