Birding for a Cause: A Bird-a-Thon for Blue Mt. Wildlife

Field Trip Idea for May:  We all love birding for fun and relaxation, but how about in May we bird for a cause?

Blue Mountain Wildlife is an amazing bird rehabilitation and education center that could really use some financial help. For years Lynn and Bob Tompkins have taken in hundreds of wounded birds and nursed them back to help. Sadly, Bob passed away this March leaving a huge void for Lynn to fill on her own. And in February, a “Snocopalypse” crushed one of their main rehab pens.

Here’s the website so you can get an idea of the important work done by these folks:

So, here’s how you can help. Tell a few friends that you are doing a Bird- a-Thon to raise money for this great nonprofit. Ask for a monetary pledge per bird. Then pick a day in May, head out to your favorite spring birding spot and count those birds! Afterwards, inform your donors of your species count and how much they owe. Donors may remit their pledge two easy ways:
• Donate online at the website mentioned above: or
• Send a check made out to Blue Mountain Wildlife to:
Blue Mt. Wildlife
71046 Appaloosa Ln
Pendleton, OR 97801

So, let’s put our birding skills to use for a wonderful cause. Have fun, and count those birds!

by Sue Parrish, Field Trip Coordinator

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