Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Last Minute Gifts for the Holistic Birder

Looking for just the right gift for the nature lover or geared-out birder in your life?
Looking for just the right gift that gives something while giving something back?

Looking for just the right gift that supports conservation and/or education?

Consider donating to some of the following organizations that need the support of the birding community:

Ducks Unlimited DU has conserved more than 11.6 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America. Their mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.

Audubon The mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Audubon's long range goal is to bring about a national and worldwide culture of conservation. (Wonderful, eh?)

Saving Birds thru Habitat The mission is to protect, enhance and restore habitat for North American birds and to educate people of all ages about how to achieve it. The goal is to improve habitat for migrating birds one backyard at a time.

The Nature Conservancy The mission is to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since 1951, this organization has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The mission is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, scenic vistas, wildlife and opportunities for simple recreation and renewal along the entire Trail corridor. (BirdCouple has seen many a bird along the AT)

Now you might want to add a beautiful piece of artwork to this special holiday gift.

BirdCouple highly recommends:

Look for this jewel next year - the 2008 Duck Stamp

The Duck Stamp! This little treasure has some real bang for the buck. Nighty-eight cents of every dollar of sales goes directly to the purchase or lease of wetland habitat. The Federal Duck Stamp Program has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly effective way to conserve America’s natural resources.

And finally, you might want to include something to wrap a big bow around.

The masterful design and easy set-up of the BirdCam by Wingscapes makes it the perfect gift for any nature lover.

But the real joy of this cool toy could be felt by purchasing one and donating it to a school.

Future curious naturalists, future birders and hopefully future conservationists are made!

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