By: Matthew Sarver | April 27, 2018
The Wilmington News Journal ran an excellent cover story on ...
Greenville, DE – June 25, 2018 On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Kate Hackett, Executive Director of Wild Lands Inc., was presented a check for $35,000 to be used for the purchase of the 635-acre Passmore Farm with funds raised by the 2018 Delaware Bird-A-Thon, an annual Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) fund-raising event organized and founded by Bill Stewart, past president of the organization. The presentation took place on the grounds of the American Birding Association headquarters in Delaware City, DE.
The acquisition of the Passmore Farm creates a contiguous network of protected habitat totaling over 16,000 acres, land that will provide a vital, safe haven for numerous species of native and migratory birds.
Not only did the annual May fundraising event reach its goal of $35,000, it exceeded it by $17,000, making it by far the most successful in its 12-year history. “The additional funds will be used to purchase other properties in partnership with another conservation agency,” said Stewart. “The announcement is forthcoming, shortly.”
Under the guidance of Bill Stewart, the Delaware Bird-A-Thon has continued to grow every year, raising over half a million dollars over its 12-year history. “But this year was really critical,” said Stewart, “Not only does it prevent acres of natural habitat from becoming another victim of urban sprawl, it also creates a uniquely situated habitat for hundreds of species of birds.”
The Delaware Bird-A-Thon is based on the same principles as a walk-a-thon. Participants sign up as many pledge sponsors as possible. During any single 24-hour period from May 5 to May 13, contestants could bird anywhere in the state of Delaware, counting as many different species as possible. Prizes are awarded to those whose efforts achieved the greatest results.
This initiative is a project of the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) in alliance with The Conservation Fund, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Delaware Wild Lands Inc.