Birdathon 2008 was held on May 10th this year. The WCAS teams had a fantastic day to travel the state finding as many bird species as possible. What could be better on a pleasant spring day than being outdoors and working for a great environmental cause?
The spring of 2008 was generally warm and dry with few major weather fronts to slow down and concentrate the migrating birds. Perhaps because of this, the WCAS teams found 171 species which was down from 190 species found last year. There were 26 species of warblers found. Missing from the list again this year were Cerulean and Yellow-throated warblers. Two of the more elusive warblers –- Mourning warbler and Worm-eating warbler -- were found, however. The species list is on the following page.
Funds raised by Birdathon are used to support our lectures, field trips and educational programs for the coming year. Our monthly lectures on a variety of wildlife topics are held on the third Monday of each month starting in September. The field trips are held on many weekends throughout the year and include trips to a wide variety of habitats. These events are free and we encourage members to invite their friends to come. The schedule is listed in the WCAS Newsletter and on the website.
Congratulations to the Prize Winners:
Prizes were donated by the Belle Mead Farmers Co-Op and Kale's Nursery in Princeton. They have been generous supporters of WCAS for many years and carry a large selection of plants, feeders and bird houses. Please visit them for your gardening supplies.
The early-bird drawing for a wren house was won by Robert Faherty.
Thanks to all those who made the 2008 Birdathon a success by your generous donations.