Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory now has shirts! The shirts were designed by our Science Director to represent that we are united by birds, even in this socially-distanced world. The design features the Great Lakes formed of silhouettes of our Great Lakes bird species, representing every family commonly seen in the region. If you look closely you may be able to see some of your favorite species, like a sandhill crane, a suite of warblers, a red-winged blackbird or a common loon.
Buying a shirt is a way you can support the Observatory, while showing your love for our Great Lakes and the birds that unite us. Most years we celebrate this capacity for birds to unite us at our annual World Migratory Bird Day. To meet health guidelines, we cancelled all of our spring events. This includes our combined World Migratory Bird Day celebration and native plant sale, which was expected to be our major spring fundraising event. Even though we can't be together in person, we still want to bring the message that we are united by birds to all of you.
We like to think of our friends and supporters as “investors” in conservation science, and we are enormously grateful for the support our investors have shown for the Observatory's work. Become an investor today by purchasing a shirt; all of the proceeds go to the Observatory’s work to conserve birds. With last year’s major study documenting the loss of 3 billion birds across North America in just the last 50 years, and the dwindling populations of once common Wisconsin birds, the work here that you have helped make possible is more critical than ever.
Please visit our store on Bonfire. Shirts purchased before May 26th will be shipped June 3rd. Please refer to the website for shipping dates on purchases made after May 26th.