Giving season wrapping up for Cornell Lab of Ornithology with matching challenge

December 30, 2014 by Allisa Lindo

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is encouraging previous and new donors to remember the birds as the season of giving winds down. Fund drive organizers say, “Two donors inspired by our efforts to conserve birds will match up to $400,000 in gifts made to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by December 31.” The gifts from generous donors are tax deductible. 

Visitors to the Lab of Ornithology can use provided scopes to get a closer look at birds, such as these baby herons.Visitors to the Lab of Ornithology can use provided scopes to get a closer look at birds, such as these baby herons.The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2015, has seven Cornell faculty members on staff. It is a non-profit organization supported by 78,000 donors and members, as well as 200,000 “citizen-science participants,” who contribute to the Citizen Science Blog run by the Lab.

The Lab’s purpose is to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. On their web site, the Lab notes, “As a nonprofit environmental organization, however, we depend on members, donors, research, and our other programs for 99 percent of our operating budget. Your support will result in direct impacts and improvements for conservation science.”

Previous donations have funded many successes for the lab and its partners, including the increase of shorebird densities in California’s Central Valley. That project, called BirdReturns, is currently playing a pivotal role in restoring vital habitats for migrating shorebirds in that area. The Cornell Lab reports, “During the BirdReturns pilot program, recorded shorebird densities averaged more than 100 birds per acre -- 10 times the number of shorebirds found in areas outside the project.”

The money raised from this holiday campaign will go towards the scientific analysis of the observations provided by bird watchers. If you are still in a generous mood, head over to the lab’s web site at www.birds.cornell.edu and click ‘Give.’

 

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