Bird Conservation Fund
The birds of Massachusetts (and beyond!) are facing big challenges.
Some of our most familiar and beloved birds—such as the American kestrel, eastern meadowlark, and Baltimore oriole—are not as abundant as they once were across the state.
These declines challenge us to better understand what’s driving these trends and to develop education, conservation, and advocacy programs to ensure that Massachusetts bird populations persist well into the future. Our recent Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and the State of the Birds reports provide a crucial first step in this process, by illustrating how the state’s bird communities have changed in abundance and distribution.
For many species that are showing precipitous declines, we are in a race against time to stabilize and potentially reverse these trends. However, the continued research, public outreach, and program development needed to adequately address these issues takes significant investment in time and resources. That is where the Bird Conservation Fund comes in. Donations to this fund help Mass Audubon’s Bird Conservation team:
- Scientifically monitor the state’s bird populations, including developing and managing vital Citizen Science programs.
- Design and implement research that will identify factors causing species declines, and determine the most effective ways to address them.
- Work with the Mass Audubon advocacy staff to create and support practical legislation that is critical to good conservation.
- Work with private landowners, universities, and state and federal agencies to promote effective conservation practices for grassland sites, coastal barrier beaches, and other high-priority habitats.
- Provide leadership and content for educational birding and bird conservation programs for children and adults, in schools as well as for the public.
With this additional financial resource, we can move from reactive, project-based fundraising to a more proactive and long-term approach.
By becoming a supporter of the Bird Conservation Fund, you will be making an investment in our vision to protect the birds of Massachusetts.
Your support today will help ensure that this resource exists both for our own enjoyment and for that of future generations.