Bird-a-thon is a day of personal fulfillment for me (as it has been since I started, in 2010 [!]) but more importantly it's a day of collective fulfillment. I think, as an educator and a scientist, it is so important to go out into nature and observe the wildlife that we have pledged to preserve and protect. You might see a hawk hovering just before a stoop with its wings glowing in the sun, or a jewel-like hummingbird sipping from a flower, or a cardinal singing its heart out on the front porch, and it hits you. Right — this is why we do what we do. This is why we care about the environment.
But it's not just birds; we all know that. Bird-a-thon brings us together as humans beings as well. After last year's Bird-at-home-a-thon, when we were confined to our houses and backyards, this year I am joining a group of fantastic birders to travel throughout the state and search for elusive species: Cerulean Warblers, Sandhill Cranes, Philadelphia Vireos. We are able to unite towards our common goal — to fund the multitude of high-quality environmental programs that we provide for our communities — just as we must continue to unite throughout the rest of the year, and for years to come, to strive for environmental justice for our communities and the world.
I hope you will join me in continuing to support Mass Audubon's mission.