I have a question for you... You know how much I love the natural world, and you certainly know that the avian world holds my heart, but are you aware of why my yearly birdathon is undertaken to support the Vermont Center for Ecostudies? I put in the effort for their benefit because they share the same passions as me. They deserve my yearly efforts and your ongoing support.
By way of joining in the summer banding of Bicknell's Thrush at the top of Mt. Mansfield, traveling with VCE to the beautiful Monhegan Island in Maine last fall, adopting ponds for their annual LoonWatch, and volunteering to help with Whip-poor-will surveys, I have had the chance to bird alongside and get to know some of these VCE biologists. Their passion for environmental science is evident AND contagious and reinforces my committment to contribute as a citizen scientist when I can. What is Citizen Science? It's ordinary people like you and me cataloging what we see in the natural world. When out birding, I regularly report my sightings to eBird and these reports are used by scientists all over the world. Similarly, I use iNaturalist to contribute to the Vermont Atlas of Life, a VCE intitiated project aimed at documenting all living species in the state.
By supporting my personal birdathon and making a contribution to VCE this year, you are supporting their work of understanding our natural world and investigating the impacts we have on, not only our local landscape, but the planet as a whole. From their beginning roots, I have held an appreciation for all work that they do in our state and elsewhere. This year I hope to be able to contribute generously. Your contribution, in support of birds and natural science, will be used to make our world a better place for all of us. Thank you!