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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.