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Please help the birds by supporting my birdathon this year!

May 16, 2021

Dear Friend,

We would be so grateful if you would make a charitable donation to support the small but mighty Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO) this year. For the 20th or so time, I will be spending an entire day observing as many birds as possible to raise funds for BPBO through the Great Canadian Birdathon. In fact, I will do birdathon twice – first during the week of May 17 and secondly on either Sunday or Monday of the Victoria Day weekend a few days later.  Click here to go directly to my support page.

Let me tell you about Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory. A few of us who loved the upper Bruce and especially the Cabot Head area, founded BPBO in 2001, establishing a research station on Ontario Park’s Cabot Head Nature Reserve to track the spring and fall migrations ever since.  BPBO is facing another extremely tough year financially. Again this year, our ability to raise funds through the rental of our research station property between spring and fall has been compromised because of Covid, and the damaged road to the station. To add insult to injury, we recently learned that there is no longer an electrical connection from Cabot Head to the Ontario grid, and that that connection will not be re-established. That means we must double our solar energy capacity to assure a reliable energy source (doubling the size of the panels and doubling the storage batteries). More than ever, birdathon has become a key source of funding. Last year, your support enabled me to raise $4000, of which over $3000 went to BPBO. I want to surpass that amount this year, and with your generous support, that is possible. 

Please donate to BPBO if you are a regular BPBO supporter, if you just love birds or the Bruce, or if you know me, and how much this means to me. I donated $100 myself. It would be amazing if you could match my donation and help BPBO survive another unforgettable year.

Let me tell you a bit about the day. I will share a post about my birdathon on my own blog https://birdingfromthebalcony.ca/ where this request is also posted. My birdathon is 18 hours long, from 4 am to 10 pm. I stay within 3 km of our new house in Gatineau and only travel by foot or bicycle. Last year I observed 83 species both days. My goal is to meet or surpass this total this year.

My goal is ambitious – to raise $5,000 total, of which $4,000 will flow to BPBO. We can get there but only with your generous support. Birds Canada will issue you a tax receipt for donations over $15.

Please give generously to my birdathon for BPBO this year.  Use this link to get to the donation page: https://www.canadahelps.org/s/FjNst

I will provide live updates on my progress on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thank you in advance!

Ted

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