Monday, April 24, 2006

Sponsor Ethan's birdathon (conservation fundraiser)!

Hello friends,
You all know that I am crazy about birds. Every now and then I put this obsession to a good cause... specifically an annual fundraiser called the Baillie Birdathon that supports Bird Studies Canada, with a portion going to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory. Both groups are doing great things for bird conservation. Check out their websites, listed at the bottom of this email.
In late May, I'll spend about 20 straight hours (from 2am to 10pm) on one day, racing between habitats on the Bruce Peninsula to identify (by seeing or hearing) as many different species of birds as possible. This is known as a 'Birdathon' although I prefer to call it 'Bird-Racing', because that sounds much more hip.
I've been doing this for many years with my bird-nut friends, Mark Wiercinski and John Haselmayer. In 2004 we set the Bruce Peninsula Big Day record of 174 species. This year we have our sights set (actually our binoculars) on 180 species.
To sweeten the competitive aspect of the event, I've challenged Mark and John to see who can raise the most sponsorship money. With your help, I know they haven't got a chance!
I'm asking you to please sponsor my birdathon. You can pledge a lump sum, or a per-species amount. All you have to do is email me at (telling me how much $$) and I won't harrass you for money until after the birdathon is complete in late May (will send you an email). Best thing, Bird Studies Canada will send you a charitable tax receipt for all pledges over $20.

As an added bonus: I'll put the names of all who sponsor me into a hat, and draw 3 prizes of an autographed 11x17" photo (of your choice) by... well, you can probably guess.
Thank you from me..... and the birds!

Bird Studies Canada

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory

1 comment:

  1. Two days to go before my birdathon and the birding conditions are looking good! I'm pleased to say that I just surpassed $1500 in pledges today.

    Thanks to Matt Myles, a talented photographer who put me over the $1500 mark. If you have a chance, check out Matt's photos at:

    Matt's gallery of table top studio photos is an excellent example of how you can make great, creative images for cheap, with a bit of ingenuity.