Hobbits like to give others gifts on their birthdays, and since today is my birthday I want to give something back to wildlife.
The Holiday season is often about buying STUFF to give to our friends and loved ones, but what if we gave something meaningful to those we loved that also had an immediate benefit for wildlife and our environment?
Making a donation in your loved ones name to a local nature, wildlife, or other organization working to protect wildlife is a wonderful way to show your love.
Unlike the big national organizations with their corporate business model and large salaries and overhead to cover, giving to a local nature or wildlife organization means that all of your hard-earned dollars will be put to immediate use in working to protect wildlife and their habitats.
I’ve asked my team members for their suggestions and we’ve come up with a great list of local organizations to get you started:
My pick this year:
I learned so much about birds and birding from the many dedicated volunteers who lead bird walks every weekend around the refuge. This refuge, located in the shadow of the Philadelphia Airport, is a shining example of protecting urban habitat.
Debbie Roberts recommends:
My first suggestion is to donate to your local land trust, those non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation and conservation of open spaces which often form the backbone of the wildlife corridors we so often talk about on BWG & NPWG. Here in southwestern Connecticut, we have the Aspetuck Land Trust and the New Canaan Land Conservation Trust
My second suggestion is to support your state’s butterfly association. I’m a member of the Connecticut Butterfly Association and for a minimal membership fee ($10), I received a list of the butterflies in my state and a list of their respective larval host plants. If your state doesn’t have a butterfly association, consider joining the North American Butterfly Association.
Ellen Sousa says:
I second the suggestion to donate to local land trusts. These are the people on the streets working together to save open spaces locally…
Vincent Vizachero likes:
I’m surely not objective, but local watershed protection groups like the one I work with are often great advocates for native plants through their restoration work and rain garden installations.
Check out Blue Water Baltimore
Kelly Brenner suggests:
I’m biased also as I’m on the board but I have to pick Seattle Audubon Society
Beatriz Moisset says:
Local organizations are the best bet, it seems. After seeing all the abuses of some large fund raisers, I have become weary. I see how dedicated the workers of local groups are and how money would make a big difference. I give locally, nowadays:
Perhaps the better known is Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.
My favorite, just because it is close to me, is Briar Bush Nature Center. Then, there are:
- Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust
- Churchville Nature Center
- Peace Valley Nature Center
- Schuylkill Nature Center
We are blessed to have so many nearby.
How are you being a hobbit for the holidays and giving back?
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