Bird-a-thon takes flight May 14-15
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon’s biggest annual fundraiser, is set to return Friday and Saturday, May 14-15—during peak spring migration period—when participants of all ages and abilities will compete to identify the most bird species and complete nature activities in 24 hours.
The event begins promptly at 6 pm Friday, May 14th and ends at 6 pm on Saturday, May 15th.
This year, Bird-a-thon is a major highlight as Mass Audubon celebrates its 125th anniversary—and as many more people continue to forge personal connections with nature during the pandemic. In fact, last year’s event drew such an outpouring of support that it raised a record $350,000.
“Bird-a-thon is one of our most popular events, welcoming participants to engage in the natural world in a fun and meaningful way,” President David J. O’Neill said.
“When the pandemic arrived last year, prompting concerns about how Bird-a-thon might be reimagined, Mass Audubon members, donors, and friends responded at a truly inspiring level,” O’Neill noted. “As Mass Audubon largest annual fundraiser, we’re confident that sense of commitment will inspire this year’s competition, as well.”
For the 2021 event, 13 teams representing different wildlife sanctuaries will be competing in the field, seeking birds and participating in nature activities (following masking and social distancing protocols). Also, in honor of the organization’s 125th anniversary, participants can choose to take on the challenge of completing a 125-item nature scavenger hunt.
But you don't have to be serious about avian species to participate: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join a team, whether a committed birder or nature newcomer. And people can participate in Bird-a-thon, virtually or in person.
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.