Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon Fundraiser Takes Wing May 13-14
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s largest fundraising event, Bird-a-thon, will take place Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, when teams of birders will be fanning out across the state in a fun and friendly competition to identify the most species over a 24-hour period.
The 25 teams, comprised of hundreds of birders of all experience levels who gather pledges and donations from supporters, will focus their binoculars and spotting scopes beginning that Friday evening at 6 pm, and not put them away until 6 pm on Saturday, May 14. And the participants may be even more competitive this year—as they seek to surpass last year’s record fundraising total of $219,547.20 and win the coveted birding cup.
Over more than three decades (beginning in 1983), thousands of team members and supporters have raised more than $2 million for Mass Audubon, its sanctuaries, and its programs across the Commonwealth. Bird-a-thon attracts participants of all ages and abilities, including families, young people, and longtime veterans of the competition.
And seeking out birds across the Bay State’s spectacular landscapes and coastscapes is not the only way to be a part of Bird-a-thon. Donate to a birder, a team, or the event, or become a Bird-a-thon Booster and support a team by creating an online fundraising page or raising funds offline.
“Last year’s fundraising was another incredible demonstration that people are committed to conservation,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said. “Not only does Bird-a-thon play a crucial role in supporting our initiatives at the statewide and local levels, it provides excellent opportunities for friends and families to get out in the field and strengthen their own connections with nature.
“And given 2015’s impressive results,” Clayton noted, “we expect that this year’s participants will be inspired to set a new fundraising record on May 13 and 14.”
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.