By Mike Mencotti

Macomb Audubon held its 11th Annual bird-a-thon, raising money for Joe Rogers' Wildlife Recovery Association (WRA) with much success in 2008.

A Bird-a-Thon is like a Walk-a-Thon, but it is much more fun to do. During the weekend of May 9-11, birders hit different areas: Pt. Pelee in Ontario, Mio, MI, as well as Oakland County - and even Grand Haven! The results were pretty good as we tallied 130 species. Some notable ones were: Neotropical Cormorant, Mottled Duck, Black Vulture, Kirtland's Warbler. Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler and Cerulean Warbler.

Although coverage was minimal compared with many years, a special thanks has to go out to some fine birders who helped make this a success: Mike and Margaret Goethe and Tom Heatley, Barb Baldinger, Jim Stevens and Mike Mencotti.

Your pledges of either cents-per-species or flat donations help WRA. If you pledge 10 cents a species, you would owe somewhere like $13.00. But feel free to round up!

In past years, we have raised more than $500 annually for this worthy cause. In the 10 years we've had the fund-raisers, MAS has raised an astounding total of more than $5,600 for WRA. However, this year the pledges are down. So, please take a moment and donate to this worthy cause.

The WRA is an organization devoted to helping injured raptors, in hopes of releasing them in the wild. Also, Joe Rogers, WRA's director, had devoted much of his life to educating in his unique, high-energy way many students of all ages.

As with many nonprofit organizations, the WRA is walking that fine line of insolvency and solvency. It needs your help to keep his programs going. Please pledge either by mail or at the monthly membership meeting.

It is certainly not too late to donate or pledge. Your pledge is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Make your checks payable to Wildlife Recovery Association, and mail c/o Mike Mencotti, 25378 Wykeshire, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Pied-billed Grebe
Neotropical Cormorant
D-C Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mottled Duck
Ruddy Duck
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Wild Turkey
Ring-necked Pheasant
Virginia Rail
Sandhill Crane
American Golden Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummer
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Sedge Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Kirtland's Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-&-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
130 Species total