Jon's Personal Fundraising Page
From May 14-15, people from all over Massachusetts will focus on nature by participating in Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser. Despite all of the challenges that all of us have faced in the last year, I am asking you to generously support this fund-raising effort. Any amount will help - from $5 to $5000. Although the world looks brighter than it did a year ago, still our natural heritage is under severe attacks, and there is a lot of damage to be undone. Some our responses must be done at the national level, some regionally, and some local. Mass Audubon works at all these scales, and we need your support.
This year the Bird Conservation Department is planning on expanding our efforts, and only your support will help us meet these goals. In the coming months our primary projects will include:
1 - study of wind turbine impacts on wintering Roseate Terns. Following a visit to Brazil in 2019, Joan Walsh has been working with a dedicated team to reduce the mortality of Roseate Terns that were being killed through collisions with electric power lines. In 2021 this work will continue, despite the fact that Brazil is one of the worst places in the world for covid-19.
2 - in 2021, in cooperation with the Conte National Wildlife Refuge's Fort River Division, Jon Atwood will be studying the foraging ecology of Barn Swallows near Hadley, MA. Barn Swallows are declining in many parts of their range, including Massachusetts. Along with many aerial insectivores, we think that the problem may revolve around reductions in flying insect populations. This work is described in a recent edition of Bird Observer (https://www.birdobserver.org/Issues/2021/April-2021/tracking-local-and-long-distance-movements-of-massachusetts-barn-swallows-and-american-kestrels).
3 - in 2021, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Northeast Motus Collaboration, Jon Atwood will be studying the migratory movements of American Kestrels that nest in Massachsetts. This work is described in a recent edition of Bird Observer (https://www.birdobserver.org/Issues/2021/April-2021/tracking-local-and-long-distance-movements-of-massachusetts-barn-swallows-and-american-kestrels).
4 – we continue to be actively engaged in protecting grassland-nesting birds through The Bobolink Project (https://www.bobolinkproject.com/ for more information). Not only do we provide financial assistance to farmers that enables them to delay their hay harvests and allow nesting birds to fledge, but we also actively engage and educate conservationists throughout the northeast. In 2021 we successfully protected over a 1000 acres of active farmland.
5 - In 2021 Jeff Ritterson will continue his fine work with the Foresters for the Birds (https://www.massaudubon.org/our-conservation-work/wildlife-research-conservation/forest-birds) program, aiming to promote timber-harvesting methods that will create habitat for declining young forest birds like Chestnut-sided Warblers and Eastern Towhees. Jeff will also be exploring the possibility of establishing a bird-friendly maple syrup program.
AND THERE'S MORE - BUT ALL OF THESE PROJECTS POINT TO THE NEED FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT!
When you give to Mass Audubon's Bird-A-Thon, you can know that you are truly helping to protect the Nature of Massachusetts. Please join me in supporting this important work by making a donation through my personal fundraising page. Thank you!