Bird-a-thon 2012

Once again, Tom and I are participating in Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon 2012 fundraising event. Bird-a-thon is a 24-hour birding event during which my team will count as many Massachusetts bird species as we can. We are raising money for the Broadmoor Audubon Sanctuary in Natick, Massachusetts. During this event, we will be in competition with other teams to see the most bird species. Bird-a-thon is like a scavenger hunt combined an Amazing Race type of reality show. Competition is fierce, and the race goes on no matter how bad the weather conditions might be or how difficult it is to navigate the terrain.

tern wild flight
Bird-a-thon 2010
Tom and I are far from the best Bird-a-thon competitors out there. No one has to worry about us getting any prizes for seeing the most species, believe me! But in the past we have managed to get some spectacular photos during Bird-a-thon, and we're quite proud of the fact that Mass Audubon has featured many of our pictures in their Bird-a-thon Results slide shows.

American Oystercatcher 2011
Bird-a-thon 2011
Bird-a-thon is much more than a simple scavenger hunt or photo op, however. Bird-a-thon is Mass Audubon’s single, largest, annual fundraising event. Donating to Bird-a-thon helps protect and preserve the most precious resource we have; The Nature of Massachusetts.

piping plover 2
Bird-a-thon 2010
We can thank Mass Audubon for the fact that we can still see an endangered species like the Piping Plover pictured above. There so many species of birds that are in trouble, and we can't afford to turn our backs on the problem. It's not a matter of aesthetics - it's ultimately a matter of the survival of all species on our planet, including our own species. 

canada gosling birdathon
Bird-a-thon 2010

We live in a beautiful world that is filled with beautiful birds. They fill our lives with delightful songs, and they fill our hearts with joy.  It's hard to ask people to donate money when times are so hard, but I feel strongly that my readers will give whatever they can afford so that our world will remain beautiful for generations to come. This year, lets hear it for the birds by sponsoring our Bird-a-thon team.  Together we can save The Nature of Framingham and the Nature of Massachusetts, too

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