Personal Fundraising Page
Thanks for visiting my fundraising page for this year's Bird-a-thon to help support Mass Audubon and Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary! I am really excited to support local conservation efforts in my community through this fundraising event, in addition to counting EVERY. BIRD. I. SEE! Check out Mass Audubon's page for more information about this fun event!
I was inspired to get into birding after reading How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell this past winter (and my parents, also avid birdwatchers! Hi Mom! Hi Dad!), as a means of connecting with our local biome and being more in tune with the rhythms of nature in our community. And community isn’t just our friends and neighbors, but also the natural world around us, y’know?! During the pandemic, the outside world became a lot scarier, and birdwatching has given me the opportunity to connect with it in a meaningful way, even if I’m just looking out my apartment window.
Mid-May is an exciting time for birdwatching as many birds migrate from their winter homes in the south to their breeding grounds in the north. However, as the planet continues to warm, these migratory patterns are disrupted and threatened. In fact, if the planet continues along the path of warming by three degrees Celsius by the end of the century, up to two-thirds of bird species will be vulnerable to extinction. That’s messed up!
Our lives have been drastically disrupted by COVID-19, but climate change will continue to be an enduring issue even as our normal routines and livelihoods recover. Now, more than ever, it is important to support non-profits like Mass Audubon that have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Please consider donating to help support the conservation and advocacy efforts of Mass Audubon to ensure that these lands continue to be vibrant for generations. And do it for the lil birbs!
What is Bird-a-thon?
From May 15-16, nature heroes from all over Massachusetts will focus on nature by participating in Mass Audubon's annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, this will be the organization's first Bird-at-home-a-thon, which will be carbon-free, safety-focused, and family-friendly!
Teams representing different Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs will come together to collectively identify as many species of birds in a 24-hour period and also complete other fun, nature-based activities from their home. Bird-a-thon serves as a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.
Where I'll Bird-a-thon...
I'll be Bird-a-thon-ning in Nonotuck Park, right in my backyard! This park is a mix of marshes, water, open fields, and forests, where I've seen anything from as little as chipping sparrows to great blue herons! Follow along on instagram, @pickled.beats, where I'll be posting A++ prime birding content on May 15-16.