Published on April 5, 2021

Support the West Sanctuaries Team in Bird-a-thon 2021!

Bird-a-thon 2021 promo with various bird illustrations

From May 14–15, bird lovers, climate champions, and nature enthusiasts from all over Massachusetts will participate in Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon fundraiser. This year is particularly special because Mass Audubon is celebrating its 125th anniversary. There's event a special anniversary t-shirt for those that raise $125!

Bird-a-thon is open to everyone. Birders of all levels can help us spot species during a 24-hour period. Families that want to do activities and look for birds out their widows can be part of the fun, too. People with ambitious fundraising goals and those that will ask just a few friends for $10 each all play a role.

Everyone is welcome to help us meet our fundraising and birding goals!

Get Involved: Join the Fundraising Team

As a Fundraiser you use your personal network to connect new people to the inspiring work of Mass Audubon and the West Region sanctuaries. Fundraisers can have any size goal, even $25 helps. There are special perks for people raising funds at different levels, including:

  • Raise $125 - Receive a special Mass Audubon 125th anniversary Bird-a-thon t-shirt.
  • Raise $350 - Receive an invitation to a regional birding outing either in the Berkshires led by Pleasant Valley Naturalist Zach Adams or in the Valley led by David Sibley, ornithologist and author of the Sibley’s guides & Joan Walsh, Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon
  • Raise $500 - receive an invitation to a Mass Audubon expert-led birding outing in eastern Mass.

Join Our Team >

Scroll down to "West Wildlife Sanctuaries Team" and then click the "Join" button to the right to join our fundraising team.

Want to be a birder on the West Region's Team?

Everyone from anywhere is welcome to participate! Send an email to Zach Adams for Berkshire birding or Patti Steinman for Arcadia/CT River Valley birding.

Get Involved: Be a Supporter

You can also simply give a gift to the team. Donations of $10, $27, $80 or $550 all make a different. Click "Donate Now" to make possible Mass Audubon’s work at Arcadia, Pleasant Valley, and all the West Region’s sanctuaries.

Donate Now >

Prefer to send a check? Please make it payable to "Mass Audubon" and in the Memo area write "Bird-a-thon." Checks can be mailed to one of the following addresses:

  • Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, ATTN: Bird-a-thon, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027
  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, ATTN: Bird-a-thon, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240

What Bird-a-thon Gifts Make Possible

This year Mass Audubon embarks on an ambitious Action Agenda to harness the power of members, donors, volunteers, and the wildlife sanctuary system to reach ambitious and inspiring goals. Work in the Western Regional is central to achieving these goals in the 3 main areas of work:

Protect and steward resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

The majority of land available for protection is in the West Region. Current and future sanctuaries require careful management and restoration of habitat to support wildlife. Examples of what your gifts make possible:

  • Plant a tree to restore floodplain forest: $10
  • Maintain an acre of grasslands for bird breeding: $80
  • Outreach and education by our land protection specialist to a land owner exploring conservation options for their property: $150

Advance inclusive and equitable access to nature.

In the West, our nature education programs in schools are central to how we help people of diverse background connect to nature. Examples of what your gift makes possible:

  • A field trip for a class of Holyoke third graders to Arcadia for learning about local habitats: $540 ($27 per child)
  • Three sessions of Berkshires Environmental Literacy (BEL)’s in-school programming for an elementary school classroom in Pittsfield: $600 ($30 per child)

Mobilize to fight climate change.

In the West, we will continue our innovated youth programs and launch new training programs. Examples of what your gift makes possible:

  • The participation of a student from a Berkshires or Valley school in the Youth Climate Summit and follow up support to implement their climate action plans: $278
  • Host a Community Climate Change Workshop for a community or group wanting to increase its effectiveness: $200