From May 13 to May 14, birders on more than 25 teams will spend 24 hours trying to spot the most bird species in Massachusetts. Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon‘s annual fundraiser, is a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife and habitat in Massachusetts and the role we play in protecting it. Competitive birders and newbies alike raise money from friends and family to support the entirety of Mass Audubon or their favorite sanctuary or program.
Since Bird-a-thon’s inception in 1983, thousands of dedicated supporters and team members have raised more than $2 million to support Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries and programs across the state. This year, the organization has set its fundraising goal at $250,000 to enable the continued protection of the nature of Massachusetts through conservation, education, and advocacy.
Or, you can support the effort from the comfort of your armchair, by making a contribution to our own Kim Houdlette’s Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Team. Kim, the A.D. Makepeace Company’s director of events and agritourism, will also participate in a guided bird walk with Mass Audubon that weekend – what better way to get expert advice?
You can join her on May 13 at 6 p.m. at Redbrook for the Mass Audubon walk. Stop by the Meeting House an hour earlier to share refreshments before setting out.
Not long ago, an expert birder from Manomet spotted 19 different bird species at Redbrook in less than an hour and a half. Manomet is a Plymouth-based but international nonprofit organization that works in the areas of conservation, business sustainability, and science education. Can you spot more than 19 species? Come find out!