Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon Fundraiser May 11-12
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Hundreds of bird enthusiasts throughout the state will vie to spot the most species in a 24-hour period during Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon competition and fundraiser.
The highly anticipated event, which will start at 6 pm on Friday, May 11, and end at 5:59 pm on Saturday, May 12, is now in its fourth decade. Over the years it has become a popular celebration of birdlife for Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization.
Bird-a-thon 2012 organizers are hoping that supporters surpass last year’s remarkable numbers: 270 species spotted and $205,000 raised by more than 630 participants on 26 teams.
This fun event is appropriate for people of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds, helping participants to connect with nature while also raising funds for Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries and programs.
“Everybody loves Bird-a-thon,” enthused Mass Audubon President Laura Johnson. “The spirit of friendly competition and shared sense of mission inspire a level of commitment and generosity from participants and supporters for which we are so grateful.”
Added Wayne Petersen, Director of Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program: “Bird-a-thon is virtually a rite of spring for people who love birds.”
Several prizes will be awarded, including prizes for the most species spotted by a team, the most money raised by a team, and the top individual fundraiser.
Those who can’t join a team can still participate by pledging money to a team member. Fellow birders and supporters can also keep up with team members during the event on Twitter by following @MassAudubon, hashtag #birdathon.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.