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)
Whatever your view on climate change may be, spring is again returning to Massachusetts! And with this beloved season comes Mass Audubon's most important annual fund raising event - Bird-a-thon! With the continued passion for birds that I've had since childhood, I am once again raising money for bird conservation. I am hopeful that you will consider joining me by making a generous donation in support of bird conservation - a goal initiated by our "Founding Mothers" in 1896.
As the senior member of our BAT team, I have sadly witnessed many bird species seriously decline during my lifetime - American Black Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Upland Sandpiper, Red Knot, Common Nighthawk, American Kestrel, Cliff Swallow, Vesper Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark to name but a few.
At the same time I have seen the deterioration or nearly total loss of once important avian habitats such as the Newburyport Common Pastures, the mouth of the North River in Scituate, the Cumberland Farms fields in Middleboro, and Chatham's South Beach - all sites that were designated as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as recently as 15 years ago.
Since my college days in the 1960s leading Mass Audubon tours at Monomoy NWR for Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, I've never lost my enthusiasm for sharing my knowledge and my experiences with others. I have given countless lectures, taught numerous birding courses, and guided dozens of groups on international birding tours for over 40 years. I also co-edited two Massachusetts breeding bird atlases, organized 27 statewide Birders Meetings, and authored three books on Massachusetts birdlife. These activities have galvanized my appreciation of how important funding is to bird conservation, especially the dollars raised through Bird-a-thon. These funds go directly toward advancing Mass Audubon's bird conservation efforts.
I can honestly say that I have spent most of my life working on behalf of bird conservation, so I hope you will join my efforts and those of my colleagues as we work to ensure the future well-being of birds in Massachusetts. Please consider making 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!