Jon's Personal Fundraising Page
From May 11-12, people from all over Massachusetts will focus on nature by participating in Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser.
I am asking you to financially support this effort. Any amount will help - from $5 to $5000. Our natural heritage is under the most severe attacks that we have seen in decades. Some our responses must be done at the national level, some regionally, and some local. Mass Audubon works at all these scales, and we need your support.
This year, the Bird Conservation Department is aggressively expanding our efforts, and only your support will help us meet these goals. In the coming year our primary projects will include:
1 - study of wind turbine impacts on Roseate Terns. Joan Walsh is actively involved in consultation with agencies and conservation groups regarding siting of offshore wind turbines in New England, and in late March she, and Jon Atwood, will be travelling to Brazil to examine impacts associated with a large wind farm (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/world/americas/brazil-wind-energy.html) where dead Roseate Terns have recently been reported.
2 - this spring we will collect data on migrant window kills in downtiown Boston. Coordinated by Will Freedberg and interns from Terra Serve, we hope ultimately to change policies regarding skyscraper lighting and window characteristrics.
3 - in several weeks Mass Audubon will again begin coordinating volunteers who will survey specific sites for Eastern Meadowlark, which is a rapidly declining species in Massachusetts and throughout New England.
4 - we continue to be actively engaged in protecting grassland-nesting birds through The Bobolink Project (https://www.bobolinkproject.com/). Not only do we provide financial assistance to farmers who are then able to delay their hay harvests and allow nesting birds to fledge, but we also actively engage and educate conservationists throughout the northeast. For example, in August Jon Atwood will speak about the Bobolink Project at the annual meeting of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists in Quebec.
5 - In the coming year Jeff Ritterson will continue his fine work with the Foresters for the Birds program, aiming to promote timber-harvesting methods that will create habitat for declining young forest birds like Chestnut-sided Warblers and Eastern Towhees. In 2018 Jeff trained 20 professional foresters and held 13 public outreach events reaching over 500 people.
6 - Jeff Ritterson and Tom Lautzenheiser are also using our 1,100-acre Elm Hill Wildlife Sanctuary as a Foresters for the Birds demonstration site. Over time, we will implement a range of forest management activities of varying intensity across the site, providing the opportunity for Mass Audubon to document and communicate how sustainable forestry practices can improve wildlife habitat, particularly birds.
AND THERE'S MORE - BUT ALL OF THESE PROJECTS POINT TO THE NEED FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT!
When you give to Mass Audubon's Bird-A-Thon, you can know that you are truly helping to protect the Nature of Massachusetts. Please join me in supporting thus important work by making a donation through my personal fundraising page. Thank you!