Mass Audubon Aims for $200K via Annual Bird-a-Thon
June 16, 2013 Mass Audubon, a Lincoln-based nonprofit that works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife, announced that its annual Bird-a-Thon, its largest fundraiser of the year, may raise $200,000, surpassing the largest amount ever raised at the annual, one-day event.
The final tally is still being tabulated, as pledges continue to be collected.
The event, held last month, enlisted 800 people who fanned out across Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod to the South Coast, to count 268 bird species.
The competitors included Mass Audubon
President Henry Tepper, who noted the event was emblematic of both the organizations enduring commitment to birdlife and to the crucial role of people in monitoring and supporting biodiversity.
Once again, Bird-a-thon brought out hundreds of birders whose goal was not only to record as many species as possible, but to enjoy one anothers company and appreciate the natural beauty of the Commonwealth, Tepper said.
Mass Audubons celebration of birding, which began in 1983 with only eight participants, is marking its 30th anniversary. This year, the competition was quite close, with the top five teams separated by just 13 species.
Among the notable species recorded were Swainsons hawk, a raptor of the Great Plains; and a pair of large wading birds: the majestic sandhill crane, typically associated with the prairies and plains; and a white-faced ibis, rarely see outside the Gulf Coast and Far West.
Mass Audubon founded in 1896, by two women committed to the protection of birds, today has more than 100,000 members and cares for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provides school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Mass Audubon is now one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England.