From May 14-15, 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.
This year, I am raising money for Bird-a-thon because I believe in the importance of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. I support Mass Audubon's efforts to protect and steward the environment of Massachusetts through conservation, education, and advocacy. I'm also an active volunteer at Tidmarsh monitoring trails and speaking with visitors, watching for Herring and planting some of the 500 trees in the entrance area where Audubon and Plymouth have removed the last of dams allowing water to flow freely from White Horse Beach through the converted cranberry farm. This allows Herring to travel through the property heading to Bartlett Pond to span.
At this time of year, Tidmarsh is a great place for a pleasant walk watching and listening for birds as they pass through to their summer homes or decide to nest at Tidmarsh!! One never knows what will be seen or heard on any given day!!
If you have time on 14th and/or 15th to note what birds you see, please make a list and send to me so I can add to list of species being seen this weekend. As you may know, particularly during migration you may see a particular bird only once and YOU may be the only one seeing this weekend!!
Please join me in supporting this important work by making a donation through my personal fundraising page.