“A Vulnerable Secretary Bird”
Donated by Joel Sartore
Joel Sartore is an award-winning National Geographic photographer, speaker, author, and conservationist. Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world and is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitat. This photo is from his Photo Ark project.
Relax in Chesapeake Country
Donated by Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton, MD
Enjoy three days and two nights in Peterson Woods at Pickering Creek Audubon Center on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Up to four guests will have a relaxing time at this waterfront retreat home deep in the woods. The home features two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the second with two twins; wifi; a full kitchen; and a sunroom overlooking the water. Watch Bald Eagles fly above as you relax on the pier, enjoy getting to know Pickering Creek’s 5 miles of walking trails, or venture into the historic towns of Easton and St. Michaels to see Easton’s Academy Art Museum or St. Michael's renowned Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Trip includes prepared hot breakfast on the second day followed by a naturalist-led nature hike at the Center's 400-acre main campus or paddle on the quiet tributary of the Bay. The refrigerator will be stocked with breakfast for the third day.
Non-transferable, available from August 12, 2018 through April 30, 2019 at a mutually agreed time.
Breakfast & Birding with the BIRDNERD!
Donated by Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
Join Jason “the Birdnerd” St. Sauver at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center for a fun morning on the tallgrass prairie. This package includes breakfast and a guided bird & nature walk for four people. Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center is an 850-acre native tallgrass prairie just southwest of Lincoln, NE, near the town of Denton. Over 225 bird species are on record using the property and Jason can imitate lots of them. This special and fun tour can be scheduled with Jason for a morning during the months of April – June, 2019, and will include breakfast, binoculars to borrow, and a lovely stroll through the Nebraska prairie. Package includes a gift bag of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center items.
Private Crane Viewing Experience
Donated by Bill and Autumn Taddicken and Michael Forsberg
Every March, over 600,000 Sandhill Cranes converge on the Platte River in central Nebraska. Considered one of the great wildlife spectacles in North America, this gathering of cranes is the largest in the world. Up to eight guests will enjoy a private viewing experience with renowned wildlife photographer, conservationist, author, and Platte Basin Time-lapse Project co-founder Michael Forsberg and a Rowe staff member. A catered meal either will be provided either in the viewing blind or at the Center. Redeemable March-April 2019 on a mutually agreed upon date.
Exclusive Puffin Viewing Opportunity
Donated by Audubon’s Project Puffin
Two participants will join an exclusive trip with Audubon’s Director of Project Puffin, Dr. Stephen Kress to visit the Eastern Egg Rock Island in Maine. This seven-acre island is home to about 7,000 nesting birds. Participants can expect to see Atlantic Puffin, Black Guillemot, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Artic Tern, Laughing Gull, Common Eider, and Leach’s Storm-Petrel. The first day of the program includes a presentation and orientation at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland followed by a reception. The next morning guests will depart Bremen, Maine for a one-hour boat ride to Eastern Egg Rock – landing to view birds from blinds, and a picnic lunch at Hog Island Audubon Camp. Dr. Kress will guide the trip and guests will have the opportunity to meet interns working on research at the island.
This trip will occur next July 2019 on predetermined dates. Transportation and lodging are not included. Minimum bid of $1,000. First $1,000 of the total amount bid will go to support seabird restoration for Audubon’s Project Puffin with the amount bid above that going to support Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary.
Basket of Wines
Donated by Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary Stewardship Board
This varied collection of lovely wines was thoughtfully put together by Rowe Sanctuary’s Stewardship Board. Each bottle was hand-selected by a different member. These fines wines will be enjoyed by any wine enthusiast.
Thomas Swanston Painting
Donated by Thomas Swanston
Thomas Swanston is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Swanston has exhibited his art work all over the world. The theme for his current paintings is migration of the Sandhill Cranes and he has visited Rowe Sanctuary many times. Swanston captures the recurring patterns of migration, reminding us of nature’s ability to renew and revive itself, rhythmically changing, yet remaining stable and consistent through the seasons.
Audubon Arizona High Desert Ranch Trip- Tuscon
Donated by Audubon Arizona
Explore one of the most biodiverse regions in the world from the comfort of your own ranch house at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society in the Madrean Sky Island region of southeast Arizona.
Two guests will enjoy three days and two nights on the ranch while staying in the private Swinging H Ranch house. During their stay, guests may explore the ranch and choose from such activities as a ranch tour, astronomer-led evening star gazing, day and/or evening insect hunting with resident entomologists, ‘Breakfast with the Birds’, a half-day of guided nature photography, and more.
Available during the region’s most exciting time of year, rainy monsoon season, August through September 2019. Reservations must be made by May 2019. Travel to and from and all meals are guests’ responsibility.
Sandhill Crane Print
Donated by Allie High and Kate Benzel
High was born in Ketchikan, Alaska; she is Tsimshian, Raven, Haida and Aleut and influenced by her Native American culture and the artistic traditions of her ancestors. In her artwork (serigraphs, glass, beadwork, carvings, masks, and jewelry), she uses geometric shapes as well as simplified patterns and colors to emphasize form and line. Her prints of birds and animals have a whimsical, playful atmosphere and display the Native American symbols that are part of her heritage. The “Sandhill Crane” serigraph was inspired by the Annual Alaska Crane Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has exhibited widely both domestically and internationally and her work can be found in collections of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Anchorage, Museum and Alaska Airlines, and in Pacific Northwest galleries. Website: alliehigh.com