2020 Year End Appeal
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This year, as our homes became our offices, many of us found refuge from the pandemic in nature and began to pay more attention to the lives of our feathered neighbors. Some of us wondered if birds have always been this noisy or if it’s simply that we finally paused to listen? Watching birds go about their daily business brought much needed calmness into our lives, and these shared experiences helped connect people during a time of distancing.
At the same time, bird-watching also made the news by highlighting dangers faced by birders-of-color, particularly Black birders, who do not always enjoy the same freedoms in outdoor spaces. Bird-focused organizations, from local to national, made commitments to increase racial equity in birding and conservation, but only time will tell whether these statements translate into systemic changes.
I’ve been impressed by the ingenuity and compassion of our staff, volunteers, and donors, who have found novel ways to help people connect with birds and support racial equity in conservation. Even without in person events, we were able to draw hundreds of new participants to our virtual Birdy Hour science talks and our remote Bird Photo Day cooperative bird-a-thons. Donors reached out to me proactively to help finance our push to increase diversity in science by paying interns better.
Despite a challenging time, you have helped us keep our staff working and surpass all of our fundraising goals this year, putting us in a strong position to enter 2021. Next year marks 40 years that the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory has been working to conserve birds and their habitats, and our work is more important than ever.
Help us celebrate that amazing milestone by joining SFBBO on our mission to conserve birds and their habitats through science and outreach by making a year-end donation today!
Over the last six months, our staff has been able to return to the field to put in acres of new restored habitat and survey for birds again. As we move into 2021, we look forward to finding creative ways to reconnect with our donors and members. In addition, we will be working on plans to capture the increased interest in the natural world and transform it into meaningful conservation success through more virtual learning opportunities, STEM lessons for K-12 and college students, and corporate partnerships.
Next year, we will also continue our popular virtual Birdy Hours, which have been a great way to introduce fun science topics to hundreds of people at a time. In addition, we will expand our efforts to increase our outreach to diverse communities to build broad support for bird conservation. If you would like to participate in one of our upcoming events, please visit www.sfbbo.org/activities-and-events.html!
To celebrate our 40th anniversary as an organization, we will be highlighting volunteer and staff achievements throughout the year!
Thank you again for your dedication to our small, but vital corner of the world. I know 2020 has been a difficult year for many, but it has helped to highlight how conservation and protecting habitats are critical for the health of the entire world. We at SFBBO are here to support you; if you ever want to get in touch, please reach out by email to email@example.com or through our social media by tagging #SFBBO.
Yiwei Wang, Ph.D.