Birding and photographing fungi in Olympic National Park!
After a bit of a hiatus, I'm thrilled to be joining the Wild Turkeys once again on a fantastic Birdathon adventure! At this point, I've honestly lost count of how many of these wonderful weekends I've taken part in, but I think this may be my 12th trip. And to think it all began when I was just a wee 8th grader!
Throughout the years, I've had many faithful pledgers, and there's a good chance you are or have been one of them if you're reading this right now. You're a huge part of what makes Birdathon so great --the funds you help me raise for the Audubon Society of Portland go toward conservation and education programs that protect birds across Oregon and the Pacific Flyway, and they need our help now more than ever. The current national political climate is less than hospitable toward wildlife and the ecosystems they inhabit, which makes any and all support so incredibly important right now.
With that in mind, I'll be heading out on Friday, May 5th for 48 hours of birding all over Oregon with the rowdy-in-all-the-right-ways Wild Turkeys I'm so proud to call myself a part of! The plan is to kick things off at Summer Lake, work our way north to Sun River, spend Saturday birding our way west to Florence, and Sunday we'll finish with a wander up the coast to Newport. Fingers crossed we'll see at least 220 species!
Here's where you come in: I've set myself a goal of $1000, an amount that can be made up of all sorts of pledges --large, small, per species, $1 for every bird of prey, a bonus of $10 for each amorous avian pair we spot copulating-- feel free to get creative, no pledge is too strange and all are equally (and heartily) appreciated. Your pledge means so much to me and to Oregon's birds, we all thank you for your support!