Wayne Petersen's Bird-a-thon Fund Raising Page
As we heal from the trauma of 2020, the rich fulfillment of spring is once again at our doorstep. From the quacking of wood frogs in vernal pools, the return of wood ducks and red-wings to flooded wetlands, the crepuscular sky-dancing of woodcocks, and the frenetic undulations of alewives running up fast-flowing brooks, the promise of spring is everywhere. The cheerful blossoms of hepatica on leafy wooded slopes, the dazzling blue fluttering of spring azure butterflies, and the rich caroling of newly returned Baltimore orioles leave no doubt that once again Nature is prepared to share this much beloved season with us. And with the welcome return of spring comes the opportunity to engage in Mass Audubon’s most important fundraiser of the year – Bird-a-thon!
With the waning throes of Covid hopefully behind us, I am hopeful you will generously support my Bird-a-thon efforts this spring as I continue to work on behalf of bird conservation, more than ever, birds need your help.
As the senior member of our Bird Conservation team, during my lifetime I have sadly witnessed the steady decline of a number of once common or more widespread species, including American Black Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Upland Sandpiper, Red Knot, Roseate Tern, American Kestrel, Cliff Swallow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Bobolink, and Eastern Meadowlark to name but a few.
The deterioration or loss of important avian habitats such as barrier beaches, saltmarshes, grasslands, shrublands, and managed forests - many of which were designated as Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as recently as 20 years ago - are but one of many challenges currently facing our feathered friends.
During my career at Mass Audubon I have co-edited two Massachusetts breeding bird atlases, organized 30 statewide Birders Meetings, and authored three books on Massachusetts birdlife. These activities have made me appreciate how significant financial support is to bird conservation. The dollars raised through my team’s support of Bird-a-thon go directly toward advancing Mass Audubon's bird conservation efforts.
Having devoted much of my life working on behalf of bird conservation, I hope you will willingly join me and my colleagues as we continue to work to ensure the future well-being of birds in Massachusetts. A generous donation to my fundraising page by clicking on the gold box to the right of this page will go a long way toward supporting our effort. With heartfelt thanks in advance for your support!