Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon 2020

Piping Plover chicks social distancing (J van de Graaf)
Piping Plover chicks social distancing (J van de Graaf)

Coastal Waterbird Program

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. Our team is participating in Bird-a-thon because we believe in the importance of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. We support Mass Audubon’s efforts to protect and steward the environment of Massachusetts through conservation, education, and advocacy. Please join us in supporting this important work by making a donation through our team’s fundraising page. 

Launched in 1986 in response to declining numbers of Piping Plovers and terns in Massachusetts, the Coastal Waterbird Program’s primary objective is to ensure sustainable bird populations and protect coastal habitats throughout the state.  Since then, the program has worked with hundreds of town, agency and private landowners to build populations of nesting plovers and terns on 150 miles of state coastline.  In addition, nearly 1,500 Coastal Waterbird Program monitors have protected birds on beaches, educated beach-goers, and begun wildlife careers at Mass Audubon.  Through these efforts, plovers have increased from 135 nesting pairs to 750.  With this success, the Coastal Waterbird Program is currently focusing on improving reproductive success—the number of young birds fledging—and on providing educational opportunities.  Our 2020 Bird-a-Thon fundraiser will support the CWP Training Program which enrolls 10-12 trainees each year.  College students and early career wildlife managers are mentored by our expeienced staff.  For 35 years, private support has made possible the accomplishments of the Coastal Waterbird Program’s dedicated staff and students, our community partners, and the growing network of coastal bird champions that have helped to restore and protect bird populations and their habitats.

 

Your support is greatly appreciated! 

 

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