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 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.