This is really important for bird research. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) had to cancel their premier event, the Biggest Week in American Birding, due to COVID-19. This is resulting in significant loss of revenue, which goes to the general funding of BSBO for staff and research. So, my friends over at Rogue Birders are hosting a fundraiser for BSBO, explained below. Please buy a Tee or Sweatshirt – I did! – and support BSBO!!!
Fundraiser for Black Swamp Bird Observatory
and The Biggest Week in American Birding – (Link Below!)
As everyone now knows, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) has made the difficult decision to cancel The Biggest Week In American Birding for 2020. As Kimberly Kaufman has often said, while birds and birding are important to all of us, protecting people is paramount. It was a hard choice, I’m sure. But it was the right choice.
The cancellation of #BWIAB2020 affects so much more than our birding plans for spring. The planning, preparation, vendors, sponsors, BSBO staff, and all of the volunteers are greatly affected. The amount of money that will be lost by the communities in Northwest Ohio is staggering. And finally, the funding that BSBO needs to do all of the amazing conservation work that they are best known for has been catastrophically diminished.
The Rogue Birders have been part of Biggest Week in one way or another since 2013. Whether simply as participants in the early days, to being volunteer tour leaders and drivers for the past 5 years. We have made so many friends and created uncountable memories at the festival. And we have seen SO MANY BIRDS!
We felt we needed to do something to try to help. Working with Bruce Miller of the Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) and Rob Ripma of Sabrewing Nature Tours (and Kimberly, of course!), we have put together this BSBO Shirt fundraiser. All proceeds from the shirts and sweatshirts will be donated to Black Swamp Bird Observatory via the OOS!
You can help, too! Buy a shirt for yourself, a friend, a neighbor, or a complete stranger! Or buy 2 – or 10! You can also donate on the page and all donations will go to Black Swamp Bird Observatory!
Stay Healthy! Stay Safe! and, as always, #BirdOn
- Rogue Birders