During this Covid-19 pandemic, one interesting fact has emerged. People need natural spaces as much as wildlife. We may not recognize that fact in our “normal” lives, but based on the urgent need to get outside, exercise and seek solace people have visited parks in huge numbers. WSO’s membership has understood this need to protect and provide wild and natural space, not just for the birds, but for all of us.
That is why we conduct a Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon each year. Unfortunately, this year will be different. We won’t be able to gather, but a couple of individuals, practicing social distancing, will go out and count birds. And Prof. Anna Pidgeon plans to band, but just with the help of her husband and daughter. While we won’t all be able to ford the stream or hike up the new Dischler property to find Cerulean Warblers, we will be maintaining our data and still need support to protect and maintain this State Natural Area, home to vulnerable nesting and migrating species.
This pandemic has impacted all of us in different ways, and if you are facing hardships, we understand the need to take care of family and friends first. If, however, you have the ability to show your support for Honey Creek with a tax-deductible donation, we would be grateful and assure you that your gift will be put to work protecting one of the most critical habitats in the state. We have additional projects planned in the coming year as we have just recently completed the purchase of the old farmhouse across the driveway from the Cox Nature Center, using funds that we reserved from the recent Dischler addition.
Our goal for 2020 is to raise $10,000 and with your help we will be successful. In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands frequently, and we hope you will join us when we can take inspiration from walking the trails at Honey Creek.
You may also donate online here: https://wso.wildapricot.org/donate. Please write "HCBB 2020" in the Comments box.