Greetings! Time Again for our ANNUAL FUND DRIVE!

This is the only time of year that we seek your support for the great work done by the Saint Paul Audubon Society. There are no phone calls to disrupt your dinner and no annoying computer pop-ups. All you do is: Submit a check for your contribution here on-line at www.saintpaulaudubon.org.

SPAS is a volunteer driven organization—none of the Board members, field trip leaders or committee members are paid, but there are still expenses that must be covered and this Annual Fund Drive is our largest source of income. Expenses include producing and mailing The Cardinal newsletter. Our programs involve speaker honoraria and meeting space rental fees. We maintain a website and a dedicated phone line to help answer your questions. There are expenses related to an array of educational programs for people of all ages, from presentations at schools to a birding class for adults offered through the Maplewood Nature Center. SPAS has provided grants to organizations which support our mission, such as purchasing binoculars for field trips at area nature centers, wood for birdhouses, education programs for youth, and restoration of natural areas including buckthorn removal. Our Conservation committee is active in restoration activities at Como Park, educational presentations, environmental initiatives, and the publication of a Native Plants booklet. St. Paul Audubon sponsors Warbler Weekend in Frontenac in the spring, and numerous birding trips throughout the east metro area.

This year we offer a new option for you to designate where you would like your donation to be spent: Habitat Protection. These funds will be used for such purposes as breeding bird surveys, donations for land acquisition in the name of SPAS, and other appropriate worthy causes as determined by the Board. our mission is to keep common birds common, and to protect species that are in decline. That mission is especially important in an era when development regularly destroys bird habitat and climate change threatens unknowable consequences. When you consider what Saint Paul Audubon has done this year to promote our mission, I am confident that you will pledge your support for our continuing effort in the year to come. Donors (unless they wish to remain anonymous) are recognized in the April issue of The Cardinal at the Egret (under $50), Bluebird ($50 – $99), or Cardinal ($100 and above) levels. On behalf of the Board of Directors I sincerely thank you for your support.

Thank You!
Dean Doering
Annual Fund Drive Chair