Eastside Aububon Birdathon
By Andy McCormick
Eastside Audubon is getting ready for another great Birdathon challenge grant drive!
Once again The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Eastside Audubon are teaming up to support birds and their habitat. The foundation has made the chapter a $15,000 challenge grant, which we will be working hard to match.
The funds we raise support our Bird-friendly Communities campaign - geared towards educating home owners about making their yards into bird havens. Funds also help us continue our work at Marymoor Park, and further our well-planned and highly recognized work educating children in schools and their parents about birds and their habitat.
This year we are excited to be in the early stages of the Lights Out project, beginning with a survey to study the impact of the high rise buildings in downtown Bellevue on birds during migration.
Field Trips Old and New
We have some old favorite field trips scheduled and some new ones that you will enjoy. Hugh Jennings will lead his annual trip to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and we will sponsor the walks at Juanita Bay Park led by Mary Frances Mathis and Lake Sammamish State Park led by Sharon Aagaard and Stan Woods.
This year Brian Bell and Nancy Hubley will lead a trip to the Snoqualmie Valley, which should be teeming with birds in May. Andy McCormick will lead a trip to Kittitas County and another one to Rattlesnake Lake looking for warblers and other migrants.
Do It Yourself Birdathon
We also want to encourage chapter members to check the Create Your Own Birdathon link to our website, where you will find some great ideas for watching birds and raising money. If you are traveling in May, you could count the birds on your trip and make a donation for each species you see.
You may also want to take a family walk in a local park and make a donation to support the chapter. Print out the bird picture checklist from our website and see if you can find these birds on your walk. You can invite a friend to one of the field trips and even pay the donation for them. Use your creativity to come up with a new idea. We would love to hear it.
Eastside Audubon thanks you.
You may view a list of the Birdathon field trips or make a donation here.