Would you like to support Oregon2020? We’d love your help, whether its through your time (helping us with surveys and bird counts) or financial contributions. If you would like to lend a hand to Oregon2020, please visit our Get Involved Page or contact us to find out how citizen scientists kike you can help us out!
Interested in Contributing Financially?
Of course, running a big program costs money, too. We are looking for donors who understand the value of knowing our planet, preserving information about what we see today, and providing a legacy of reliable data for future generations. If you share our vision of the importance of leaving a legacy of high quality information for future generations about our environment at the start of the 21st century, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oregon State University Foundation. This can be sent as a check to the OSU foundation. Please write “F&W Unrestricted – Oregon 2020 Project” in the subject line.
850 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97333.
Alternatively, click on the button below to make an online contribution:
As targets for gifts, here are some details on anticipated costs:
Covering a county with our exactly repeatable counts conducted by professional field ornithologists costs an average of $10,000 per county. Costs are pretty basic and include compensating the ornithologist for 2.5 months and covering the travel costs for that time. If you would like to sponsor such surveys for a particular county, we would love to hear from you.
We also have expenses associated with holding County Blitzes, which are group events that bring volunteers together for a 3-day weekend to explore and count birds in a relatively under-studied part of the state. Our costs typically will be about $1,500 for these events, including travel costs for our Oregon 2020 team and students, as well as materials and food provided for our volunteers. If you would like to sponsor a County Blitz, please do let us know!
All of these data will need to be analyzed at some point, then made publicly available. These tasks will not be small. They will require the skills of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. If you have an interest in sponsoring a graduate student or researcher, please contact us and we can put you in touch with the OSU Foundation who can inform you about the currently anticipated costs for supporting students and postdocs.
We are grateful that our launch of the Oregon 2020 birds project was made possible by a generous gift to our Department of Fisheries of Wildlife supporting the Mace Endowed Professorship.