Yes, I want to help you to share Nature’s bounty by supporting the GWVAS’s  programs and activities. Enclosed is my tax-deductible gift made payable to the GWVAS.

$15    Majestic Mockingbird               ⃞$20 Crafty Cardinal

$25     Friendly Finch                         ⃞$35  Unselfish Sparrow

$40 Willing-to-Share Woodpecker   ⃞$50 Charitable Chickadee

My Favorite Avian Philanthropist _________________________ $______

        Name _____________________________________

        Address ___________________________________



Email Address ___________________________  ___I prefer a written receipt.

        (To confirm receipt of donation)

The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the GWVAS are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable.

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Dallas, PA 18612

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Sharing the Bounty

    In one of my earliest memories as a provider for my neighborhood birds, I recall my backyard having been claimed by a mockingbird. Extremely territorial was he, so much so that he guarded my bird feeders and would not allow any of the neighborhood chickadees, finches, sparrows, or woodpeckers to partake of the goodies that I had provided. For the entire winter, every time another bird would approach a feeder, Mr. Mockingbird would appear out of nowhere and chase the trespasser away, greedily trying to save every scrumptious morsel for himself. Mr. Mockingbird, however, was too big to negotiate any of the bird feeders, and in a perhaps ironic twist, had he allowed other birds to visit the feeders, they surely would have spilled sunflower, millet, and other seeds on the ground below, thereby providing a smorgasbord for Mr. Mockingbird.

    I was reminded of Mr. Mockingbird this past winter when another of his species, perhaps even a descendent, claimed the berry-filled hawthorn tree in a family member’s backyard. Just as his predecessor had done, this similarly territorial fellow guarded his bounty, of which, unlike his predecessor, he was quite able to partake. Sometimes Mr. Mockingbird would have to fend off several interlopers, namely cardinals, at a time. Now, I don’t know if cardinals have the intellectual wherewithal to devise schemes to outsmart a mockingbird. However, frequently a group of a half-dozen or so cardinals would approach the hawthorn tree, and each time that the mockingbird would chase after one cardinal, another would dart in unseen and grab one of the luscious red berries. Eventually, the cardinals would satisfy their palates and move on to another food source, and Mr. Mockingbird would perch stately among the clusters of “his” berries, the King of the Hawthorn Tree apparently quite proud of his remarkable ability to avoid having to share his bounty with others.

    Quite the opposite of Mr. Mockingbird, we in the GWVAS are proud of our ability to share with our members and friends the bounty of nature through a variety of educational programs and field trips, through youth nature camp scholarships and scout badge activities, through conservation and habitat enhancement activities, and through other forms of outreach. As always, we are able to continue to provide these opportunities due to the generosity of you, our members and supporters. I ask now that you once again offer your support with a generous donation to our cause.

    Thanks for your continued support.

    Yours in Nature,

    Bob Wasilewski