Annual Birdathon/Bloomathon 2019
Dear Birding Friends,
After five-plus months of cold and snow, and not too many birds, I know we are all itching to get outside and see bare ground, open water, flowers, leaves, and birds, lots of birds, many birds of all kinds of species. Seeing that first returning migrant loon, phoebe, or red-winged blackbird is such a wonderful lift to our spirits, right when we need it the most. Free chapter nature programs at the Loon Center in Moultonborough have sustained us through the less birdy months of the year, but now it’s time to get outdoors and see for ourselves. And on a special day in May, at the height of spring migration, we will be birding for a cause, which is to support the work of the Loon Preservation Committee, and to replenish our chapter treasury for next winter’s programming. Thanks to our members and friends, we have been able to raise about $3000 annually, of which ninety percent goes to LPC, and ten percent to the Lakes Region Chapter of NH Audubon.
Chapter members, friends, and the general public enjoyed eight excellent programs over the past fall and winter, including the birds and wildlife of Greenland, the Pribilof Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Yellowstone, and the Fundy Isles, and we learned about the juncos of North America and the geology of our own Lakes Region. I hope we’re all aware of the great work that LPC has been doing over the past year, but when nesting season arrives, don’t forget to check out the live loon nest webcam for a close-up view of our favorite waterbirds. Highlights from previous years’ loon cams are also a great way see loon behavior, including mating, eggs pipping, loon chick’s first swim, and even passing herons and turtles.
So, here we are again, asking for your pledges and donations to the Birdathon, when our chapter team of expert birders will scour the woods and fields for as many species of birds and blooms as they can find in one day. Our birdathon fundraiser was originated by longtime Tamworth resident Betty Steele, and birds and blooms will be seen and counted there and in the adjacent towns of Sandwich, Moultonborough, Ossipee, and Madison as well. Our average over more than thirty years is about 120 species and you may pledge your donation at a set amount such as 25 cents, 50 cent, or a dollar (or more) per species, or just send a donation of any amount that you desire.
To all who have donated in the past, we thank you yet again; for the rest of you, please start now! Don’t forget to check on our chapter website at www.nhaudubonlakes.com for more great programs beginning in September.