From May 10-11, over 750 people from all over Massachusetts will focus on nature by participating in Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser.
The centerpiece of Bird-a-thon is a 24-hour birding competition where teams representing different Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs attempt to identify the most species of birds in a 24-hour period. Bird-a-thon serves as a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.
This year, I am thrilled to be raising money for Mass Audubon's Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Our Sanctuary provides 121 acres of consevation land for birds and other native Massachusetts species. Our expanding art collection and Gallery are a wonderful reminder of how inspiring and beautiful our natural world is so long as we work to protect it.
Bird-a-thon is important to me personally because I would not be the birder I am today had I not had the opportunity to tag along with a group back in 2013. If you had asked me then how many species of bird I thought were native to our state I might have guessed around 50... Mass Audubon counted 270 different species in 24 hours that year! I was dumbfounded. I could not believe how little I knew of the native wildlife I had spent my whole life around. From that day on I began keeping my own list to help me apprecaite all these species I had been taking for granted.
Perhaps more so than ever before, you may be wondering how you can help support our environment through conservation. Here is you chance! Please help support Mass Audubon's mission to the protection and preservation of our native Massachusetts wildlife. Dontations of any amount are welcome, whether it be $10 or $100 your contribution will be greatly appreicated, thank you!