See note from Karen Bearden, former Wake Audubon President. NC Audubon manages a number of important shorebird breeding colonies throughout the coast of NC. These island sanctuaries are home to thousands of nesting Pelicans, Terns, and Laughing Gulls. Read on to see how you can help!
Most of you know of, or have met Walker Golder, Audubon NC’s Deputy Director, through his programs at your local chapters, on a trip to Battery Island to see over 10,000 White Ibis, or have read one of his articles in the Audubon NC newsletter. Walker celebrated his 20th anniversary with Audubon last year! As a native to the coast of NC, Walker is VERY knowledgeable about the birds and wildlife of our NC coast and plays an instrumental role in the management of the twenty-one North Carolina coastal sanctuary islands.
Walker and the wonderful Wilmington staff (Angela, Andy, Nicole, Adriane, and the summer interns!) are in desperate need of a new boat as soon as possible to help with the work they’re doing along the coast!! Their old boat is not reliable anymore. Walker is looking for a 20-23′ open style, center console fiberglass boat, 4-stroke motor (Yamaha preferred) to fit the hull (probably 90-115hp), with a boat trailer to fit the boat and motor. So far Audubon NC has $15,000 for the boat. A grant we were hoping to help pay for the remainder of the cost was recently turned down.
We need at least another $5,000 to cover the balance for the kind of boat that would be most beneficial for the work the Audubon NC staff is doing. They need a working boat soon since the busy spring and summer seasons are just around the corner!
Can you donate $20, $100, $1,000 or more for a new boat for Walker and the Wilmington staff? The birds, wildlife, and Audubon coastal staff would appreciate your support!!
You can mail a check to the ANC office at:
Audubon North Carolina
123 Kingston Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Or call the main office at 919-929-3899.
Or make a donation online at: https://loon.audubon.org/payment/donate/NCCRCD.html
Your gift is tax deductable. Please make a note that the donation is for the Wilmington boat!
Thanks so much for your consideration!! Happy birding!
Peace, Karen and Joe Bearden
Co-chairs, ANC Development Committee