I am excited to take part in the 2022 Birdathon, Portland Audubon’s biggest annual fundraiser. Birdathon’s goal this year is to raise $160,000 to support Portland Audubon’s mission to “inspire all people to love and protect birds, wildlife, and the natural habitats upon which life depends.”
My Birdathon team is called the Millennial Falcons and it's a group of younger birders venturing out to Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove, OR on Sunday May 15th, to find as many species of birds as we can.
For a bit of background, I have become an avid birder over the past few years. Birds have always held a special place in my heart. My first tattoo ever was a seagull on my right foot, which I got when I turned 18! I also have a very colorful hummingbird tattoo. I still have my flamingo stuffed animal that I got when I was about 6 years old (this will be my next bird tattoo). When I was a kid, I got bit by a pelican, and just last month, I was almost attacked by a goose! I didn't take it personally though.
I didn't start birding until a few years ago when I put my first feeder in the backyard, a Squirrel Buster Plus which holds 5 pounds of seeds and regularly attracts lesser goldfinches, black capped chickadees, house finches, various sparrows, among other song birds. About a year later, as the pandemic began, I started venturing out around Portland and the larger Oregon/Washington area on road trips. I've added additional backyard habitat features and feeders. My highest count within just a few hours has been 17 species, ranging from woodpeckers and jays to wrens, hummingbirds, and chickadees. And I've been able to report several species of rare birds, which is really fun. It's kind of like playing Pokemon, except I was never into Pokemon.
Time to channel my inner Bernie Sanders--I would love to have your support my Birdathon efforts with a tax deductible donation of any amount. Our fundraising helps support funding for wildlife care, conservation activities, and outreach efforts to inspire and educate about the natural world. Now more than ever it has become crucial to protect birds and other wildlife, from our urban neighborhoods to Oregon’s high desert, ocean, and forest habitats.
The easiest way to contribute to my fundraising goal is to go directly to my pledge page via the following link: https://portlandaudubon.securesweet.com/AMYSBIRDS
Thank you for your contribution! 🦩 🦉 🦅