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This year, I am once again raising money for the Coastal Waterbird Program through Bird-a-thon.
The Coastal Waterbird Program's primary objective is to ensure sustainable bird populations and protect coastal habitats throughout the state. The program was was launched in 1986 in response to declining numbers of Piping Plovers and terns in Massachusetts. Since then, the program has worked with hundreds of town, agency and private landowners to build populations of nesting plovers and terns on 160 miles of state coastline. Through these efforts, plovers have increased from 135 nesting pairs to nearly 670! With this success, the Coastal Waterbird Program is currently focusing on improving reproductive success—the number of young birds fledging—and on providing educational opportunities.
The 2019 Bird-a-Thon fundraiser will once again support the CWP Training Program, which enrolls 10-12 trainees each year. College students and early career wildlife managers are mentored by experienced CWP staff. Over the years, nearly 1,500 CWP monitors have protected birds on beaches, educated beach-goers, and begun wildlife careers at Mass Audubon.
Bird-a-Thon is an annual 24-hour birding competition, held May 10-11, 2019. Teams across Massachusetts will attempt to identify the most species of birds. The CWP team will have sub-groups covering a wide variety of habitats, in hopes that we can beat the elusive 200 species mark.
Support from people like you has made possible the accomplishments of the CWP’s dedicated staff and students, our community partners, and the growing network of coastal bird champions that have helped to restore and protect bird populations and their habitats. Thank you for your support!