How many birders have made their way down the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, pausing amongst the crowds to gawk at a Blackburnian Warbler or Philadelphia Vireo, enjoying the opportunity to visit with friends old and new and enjoy some of the most spectacular spring birding on the continent? Thousands? Tens of thousands?
It has undoubtedly been a lot over the 25 years that it’s been in existence. And as The Biggest Week in American Birding has grown from an item of local interest to an international birding event that boardwalk will probably feel the footsteps of thousands more. Needless to say, those boards have endured a bit of wear and tear over the years and the original Warbler Way is overdue for renovation. The decking and rails need to be replaced, the tower needs to be stabilized, and various other improvements need to be done in order to ensure that the boardwalk remains open to the public.
The Friends of Magee Marsh group has given $25,000 to get the project started, and Phase One has been recently completed. All work will stop during peak migration and Phase Two will commence June 1. During the renovation most of the boardwalk will remain accessible.
The Friends of Magee Marsh is asking for your support with this endeavor. Donations can be made via a PayPal button on their website www.friendsofmageemarsh.org or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/friendsofmageemarsh. Visitors to the Biggest Week will also see donation boxes and envelopes along the boardwalk and elsewhere where they can make a donation on-site, too.
The ABA is proud to co-sponsor the 2014 Biggest Week in American Birding. We’ll have more on that event in the next month, but we look forward to seeing to there, hopefully on a brand new, structurally sound boardwalk!