Friday, May 15, 2009

Baillie Birdathon

The Baillie Birdathon is an annual fundraising event that provides important financial support to a wide range of Canadian groups including bird observatories, many of which are participants in the Canadian Nature Network. Organized through Bird Studies Canada, Birdathon participants are able to donate a portion of the money they raise to and organization of their choice. For many years, I have dedicated that special portion to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (I am Past President). In 2008, I and four other "BPBO birdathoners" raised a total of $3067 of which $1947 came back to BPBO, while the rest went to the James L Baillie Memorial Fund. I ask you to support bird monitoring and conservation by pledging your support in to my birdathon. I will again be part of that BPBO “team” this year. Myself, and Rod Steinacher, current BPBO President, will be doing our third “green” birdathon in the Cabot Head – Dyers Bay area on the Victoria Day weekend. Last year, as part of the “Presidents’ Choice” I walked and cycled my way to over 120 species in the Cabot Head checklist area. You will receive a tax receipt and an account of the day that will be published on BPBO's website.To sponsor me on-line, go to the following BSC page http://www.bsc-eoc.org/bat/donate.jsp and enter my participant’s number 11772, then follow the instructions. If you prefer to send a cheque, make it out to “Baillie Birdathon” and please mail it to the address below and indicate on the cheque that it is for sponsoring Ted Cheskey - BPBO. Cheques are to be mailed to:
Baillie Birdathon
Bird Studies Canada
P.O. Box 160,Port Rowan,
ON N0E 1M0

Your support is extremely appreciated.

Ted Cheskey
Conservation Ecologist
Nature Canada


Canada’s Baillie Birdathon is the oldest sponsored bird count in North America. It was established in 1976 as a national fundraiser to support the research and conservation of wild birds. Funds raised by participants benefit not only the work of Bird Studies Canada, but also designated bird observatories in the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund, which provides research grants to amateurs across Canada, and participating conservation and naturalist clubs.

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