What is Bird-a-thon?
On May 12 Wildwood will participate in Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon. At this annual event, teams throughout Massachusetts (and at one very special property in New Hampshire) try to identify as many species of birds as possible in a 24-hour period while raising money for their favorite sanctuary. Bird-a-thon is a wonderful opportunity to put aside daily routines and enjoy the abundance of the natural world around us. It’s almost like a day at camp, in May!
What are we fundraising for?
Camperships! Every year Wildwood provides over $50,000 in camperships to families in need. Will you join our team in this important fundraising effort? Gather up a bunch of friends, visit a Mass Audubon sanctuary or any open space in your neighborhood, and challenge yourself to expand your bird sense. Ask for donations to Wildwood from your friends and family. Your efforts will make it possible for more young people to experience the magic of Wildwood.
How can I participate?
There are many ways to take part in Bird-a-thon. Bring your walking shoes, a keen eye and ear, and a pair of binoculars and/or spotting scope if you have them on Saturday, May 12 to:
• Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Join Wildwood Development Officer Amy Horsburgh in Concord MA at 7:30am. We will likely see lots of wetland birds, plus turtles, frogs, snakes, and maybe even a muskrat. The refuge is literally jumping with wildlife at this time of year.
• Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary: Join Wildwood Teen Program Coordinator Kyle Branin in Natick MA at 2:00pm. We will explore lots of different habitats including woodlands, open meadows, and the edges of ponds and streams. Broadmoor’s long boardwalk is an especially good place to spot wildlife.
• Your local Mass Audubon sanctuary: If you can’t join us in Concord or Natick, go birding close to home at a Mass Audubon property or any open space in your neighborhood. New England is full of amazing bird species that are just waiting to be discovered in your back yard.
• Regardless of what you do, set up a fund raising page, donate, and send us a list of the birds you find to be included in our official species count. Our hope is that all camp families will bird, donate and raise money for Wildwood!