Monday, March 18, 2013

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon: We've got our "A" Team!


When something is said to be "for the birds," by definition, it means pointless or worthless. Not around here. We're getting fired up for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (GWB).  And when we say it's for the birds, we mean it, literally!

Like most birding competitions, there is a serious reason behind the fun, challenge, comradery, and adventure. Two words:  Bird conservation. The GWB, now in its second year, aims to raise funds to support the Bird Protection Fund, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative, and other statewide projects such as Bird City Wisconsin. And Eagle Optics has just the team to do it!

We are sponsoring a team of ace birders whose objective is to raise $3,000.00 for bird conservation in Wisconsin. The members of this team, dubbed Bird So Hard, are experienced, dedicated, and, well, a little crazy--characteristics vital for the strategy it takes to spot 200 species in a 24-hour period in May. That's their goal, and they're sticking to it!  (You can visit, like, and check for updates on the team's Facebook fan page here.) Won't you help our team with a much appreciated donation?

You see, geographically speaking, Wisconsin is uniquely situated between two of the Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior), and the Mississippi River flyway, affording migrating birds crucial habitat for stopping, resting and nesting. We all have a responsibility to the birds we love: to conserve, protect and enhance these important natural areas.

Don't live in Wisconsin?  You can still donate!  Hey, remember--your birds are our birds. We strive to take care of them while they visit Wisconsin, so they can reach their breeding areas, raise their young, and safely migrate back to their wintering grounds.  Wisconsin is fortunate to have programs in place to conserve these precious stopover habitats, but funding is limited, and they need our help. This birdathon is designed to provide a format to do just that.  In its inaugural year, GWB's teams raised a total of $20,800. This year's mission is to nearly double that, but to do that, we need you.

Please, click here, donate online, and help bolster the teams of the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Each of us can make a difference. After all, it's for the birds!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.

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