On June 7, 2014 Mary Rose, founder of Chirping Central Conservation Fund, will be getting in a 20 ft custom built ocean rowing boat to row from Monterey Bay, California to Honolulu, Hawaii – all in the name of bird conservation. Why go to such lengths? Well the world’s bird species are in trouble and we need to act now to save them. In BirdLife International’s 2012 assessment of the status of birds 1313 bird species were identified as Threatened with Extinction. An additional 880 species were considered Near Threatened, and an additional 4 species are already extinct in the wild. A total of 2197 species! A heartbreaking situation, and one which Mary cannot sit back and watch happen.
So on June 7, 2014 Mary will be a solo participant in the Great Pacific Race, and will be rowing to raise funds to support bird conservation projects. What will that mean? Approximately 3000 miles of ocean to row (allowing for a few twists and turns), about 90 days at sea, no days off, seasickness, blisters to match the best of them, dehydrated food, some amazing sights and wildlife, and she will probably be considerably smaller when she arrives in Hawaii than when she left – all for birds.
100% of the funds raised though this row will be granted out to conservation projects working with endangered bird species. Please consider making a donation to help save these species because Extinction is Optional ™
A special thank you goes out to all of Mary's incredible sponsors...this endeavor would be impossible without them.