Bird-a-thon 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.
Teams representing different Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs will come together to collectively identify as many species of birds in a 24-hour period. Bird-a-thon serves as a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife that surrounds us and our responsibility to preserve their habitats.
My team, the South East Wildlife Sanctuaries Team, will be using funds to help nature in our local communities in the following ways:
– Help us restore an additional 6 acres of floodplain forest at Tidmarsh to promote cold-water stream habitat for many species including migratory fish such as river herring by supporting the planting of native plants. $10 plants a tree that will provide shade for these fish as they return to their spawning grounds that have been blocked by dams for over a century.
– After a year of virtual learning outdoor education is more important than ever. In addition to numerous outdoor educational opportunities for all ages we will be hosting camp at North River and Oak Knoll this year - $375 can change a child’s life by allowing them to attend summer camp at Mass Audubon.
– Support construction of a new All Persons Trail at Tidmarsh which will provide over a mile of accessible trails crossing numerous habitats, help us maintain our existing All Persons Trails at North River, Daniel Webster, and Attleboro Springs, and help us complete the educational overlay on the soon to be open All Persons Trail at Allens Pond! Every $25 provides 5 new feet of trail or allows 25 feet an existing All Persons Trail to be maintained!
– Assist us in managing our properties to allow our communities to be more resilient to Climate Change – at Allens Pond and Great Neck we are working to remove barriers to Salt Marsh Migration which will facilitate greater flood water storage and salt marsh movement in our communities as storms surge and seas rise. These nature-based solutions provide real answers to the climate crisis and support both ecosystems and human populations. In honor of our 125th anniversary please consider supporting us through a $125 gift to combat climate change and support this essential work.
– Help us promote quality habitat for pollinator species at North River, Tidmarsh and Oak Knoll by creating and maintaining our pollinator gardens, manage grasslands for species such as bobolinks at Daniel Webster and Allens Pond through active management and community partnerships, and protect and track the success of Osprey across the region, including the Westport River through the Osprey Program at Allens Pond. $250 allows us to maintain a patch of pollinator habitat, mow and maintain fields for bobolinks or supports an Osprey Platform for the year.
Please join me in supporting this important work by making a donation through my personal fundraising page.