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UDaily: Students raise funds to protect Delaware habitat

UDaily: Students raise funds to protect Delaware habitat

Four University of Delaware students spent a Saturday in May traveling up and down the state looking to identify as many species of birds as possible to raise funds for the Delmarva Ornithological Society’s Bird-a-Thon 2014. The bird-a-thon is a pledge-based fundraising effort in which individuals or teams count the number of different bird species seen or heard in a 24-hour period with proceeds going to protect habitat for migratory shorebirds and to fund migratory raptor research along the Delaware Bay.

The student group included Abby Walter, Kimberly Serno, Kerry Snyder and Laura Young, all wildlife conservation majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), who started off at 6 a.m. along White Clay Creek, traveled as far south as Cape Henlopen and ended the day at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover, identifying a total of 110 species along the way. That was a significant increase over the 59 species they identified last year.

In total, the group raised $1,154.78. “We had almost $8 pledged per bird and we saw 110 species,” said Walter, president of the Wildlife Society at UD. “Everybody pledged money for each species that we saw, so we raised a lot of money that way, and then our bake sale raised about $200.”