Results of Birdathon for Starr

Lenore Swenson at Marine Park. Photo credit: Sandra Paci

Lenore Swenson at Marine Park. Photo credit: Sandra Paci

Lenore Swenson, Sandra Paci, and Donna Evans teamed up on the International Migratory Bird Day Birdathon and observed 115 species in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 11, raising $13,637 for the Cerulean Warbler Fund in remembrance of Starr Saphir. They put on a remarkable display of birding skill and endurance!

Donations are still being accepted. Contact Sandra Paci if you are interested: sandypaci@earthlink.net.

The team birded for over 14 hours. They began at 6:30 a.m. in Prospect Park, where rain and dark skies made it difficult to see birds. Still they had 69 species there, including 17 warblers, with Cape May and Blackburnian on the list.

Then they went to Greenwood Cemetery to see Monk Parakeet. Then to Owl’s Head Park, where they had Purple Finch and Indigo Bunting.

Next it was Gravesend Bay for Purple Sandpiper. Then Dreier Offerman Park where they saw a Killdeer on its nest with eggs.

At Gerritsen Creek they had Least Tern and Willet. At Marine Park they added seven more species, including Clapper Rail, Common Loon, and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

Finally they added seventeen more species at Jamaica Bay, including Tricolored Heron and American Woodcock.

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Birdathon in Honor of Starr, to Support her Favorite Charity

I received this notice from Sandra Paci today and wanted to pass it along to our viewers:

On February 5th of this year, the New York City birding community lost Starr Saphir, who was a friend, teacher, mentor, and inspiration to many.  In honor and remembrance of Starr, her life, her indefatigable spirit, and her unsurpassed love of birds and birding Lenore Swenson, Donna Evans and Sandra Paci will participate in this year’s International Migratory Bird Day Birdathon on Saturday, May 11th as the team “Friends of Starr Saphir.

Pledges raised will go, as per Starr’s wishes, to the American Bird Conservancy’s Cerulean Warbler Fund.   The Cerulean was Starr’s favorite bird of all and was the reason why she was almost never seen without her signature blue headscarf and blue rain jacket.  ABC’s current efforts focus on establishing a conservation corridor between three private reserves on the Cerulean’s wintering grounds in Colombia and on reforesting land in the heart of the bird’s breeding territory in Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Since the theme of this year’s IMBD is “Life Cycles of Migratory Birds” supporting this cause is a perfect fit.

You can find out more details about the past results and future efforts of ABC’s Cerulean Warbler programs here:

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/international/CeruleanWarbler.html

And here:

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/domestic/Cerulean_Warbler.html

On May 11th, Lenore, Donna and Sandy will be out from dawn to dusk trying to see as many species of birds as possible.  It is their desire to make a meaningful contribution to the Cerulean Warbler Fund in Starr’s honor and they hope that you can help.  Pledges can be based on the number of species seen or a fixed amount.  Contributions are fully tax deductible and will be made out directly to the American Bird Conservancy with “Cerulean Warbler Fund” and “May 11 Birdathon — Friends of Starr Saphir” in the memo section.

To make a pledge, please contact Sandra Paci, email: sandypaci@earthlink.net or cell: 1-347-834-5881.

Thanks very much for your support!