Desiree's No-carbon Bird-a-thon Fundraising Page
From May 15-16, 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.
Please join me in supporting this important work by making a donation through my personal fundraising page.
To limit contact and our carbon footprint, our Mass Audubon team will be birding on foot or by bike near our homes! I will be birding in the natural forested areas preserved by my town's conservation areas in Western Massachusetts.
The habitat is mostly intact forest with little fragmentation. I am walking distance to some bogs and scrub area as well as the Quabbin Reservoir which is the largest inland body of water in Mass and a home to lots of species of conservation concern. I have a good chance of picking up a lot of the forest-specialist and northern species for our team including Yellow bellied sapsucker, Common Raven, Purple Finch, and Ruffed Grouse. I'm hoping for a fantastic day of forest warblers too. :)
In past years, this group has had upwards of 120 species. But this year we expect more like 90. My goal is to see if I can personally do a no-carbon 75-species day. Birding with a toddler around the house I can usually get 35 so I think this goal is definitely doable. :)
If you can pledge a modest $0.10 per species I would be very grateful!