Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon 2020

Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries

Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries Team Page

Make a difference in the Berkshires. Support our Berkshire County team.

Please note, to make a per species pledge, contact Stephanie Bergman at sbergman@massaudubon.org

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 make the Berkshires so special and our responsibility to protect their habitat.

Bird-a-thon is also a critical fundraiser for the Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries. All funds raised in the Berkshires, stays in the Berkshires.

 

Help Educate and Inspire Action in the Berkshires

A gift to Bird-A-Thon is an investment in our work to educate the community about the environment and inspire action to protect the natural world. Your gift supports:

  • connecting students in our in-school Berkshire Environmental Literacy program to their local ecosystem and inspiring a lifelong passion for protection of the natural world
  • free bird walks throughout Berkshire County
  • local interns and volunteers in important citizen science projects in the Berkshires, including monitoring nest boxes and conducting grassland bird counts
  • conservation, maintainance, and enhancement of native plants and wildlife habitat across the 3400 acres managed by the Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries

Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

And due to the stimulus package of the CARES Act, giving up to $300 during 2020 can be tax-deductible even if you take the standard deduction. Giving to work you believe in today could lower your taxes next year.

How You Can Make a Difference: Be a Booster

The biggest impact you can make during Bird-a-thon is to be a Booster for the Berkshire team. As a Booster you use your personal network to connect new people to Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and our important work in Berkshire County. Ask your friends and family to support a mission that you believe in. Boosters can have any size goal, even $25 helps. Common goals are $100 (5 gifts of $20) or $500 (10 gifts of $50).

Why be a Booster? You can make a real difference. You will have a positive and direct impact on increasing our work in the Berkshires. Plus there are bonuses:

  • Raise $100 – receive a Bird-a-thon t-shirt
  • Raise $250 – get an invitation to an exclusive small group birding experience with Zach Adams, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries’ birder extraordinaire
  • Raise $500 – get a private birding experience with Zach Adams, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries’ birder extraordinaire
Click "Join Team" on the right to become a Booster.
How You Can Make a Difference: Be a Supporter
You can also simply give a gift to the team. Donations of $5, $10, $100 or $500 all support our work in Berkshire County.
Click "Donate Now" on the right to support our team. If you are interested in donating per species, please contact Stephanie Bergman at sbergman@massaudubon.org
If you would prefer to send a check, make it out to Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and mail to Stephanie Bergman, Berkshire Bird-a-thon Team, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240.
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