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The Sussex Bird Club partners with local organizations to improve habitat for wildlife and promote the knowledge and enjoyment of wild birds. This year we made donations to the Purple Martin Conservation Association, DE Bird-A-Thon, Lewes Public Library, and Delaware Wild Lands. Past donees include Friends of Prime Hook, Friends of Cape Henlopen SPDE Botanic Gardens, DE Center for the Inland Bays, The Nature Conservancy, and DE Seashore Preservation Foundation. In addition to financial support, here are some examples of other ways we have supported our community and advanced our club's interests.

Lewes Public Library
We partnered with the Lewes Public Library on a program called "One Book One Community." This program brought people together through the reading and discussion of a common book, Jennifer Ackerman's
Birds by the Shore.
Since 2020, the Lewes Public Library has hosted our monthly meetings and live streamed the presentations via Zoom.

Delaware Bird-A-Thon
Since 2014 our "Road Runners" Bird-A-Thon team (Carol, Rob B, Rob S, Sue, Sharon, Nancy and Tom) has raised more than $50,000 toward preserving critical bird habitat in Delaware! Read more about the Bird-a-Thon and the Road Runners. Click here to see the 2023 eBird checklist and map.
Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Bird Walk Leaders -- The Friends of PHNWR sponsors free bird walks on the first Saturday of each month. SBC provides leaders for the monthly walks on refuge trails. For more information go to
Signage -- We partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Coastal Camera Club, and Friends of Prime Hook to design, purchase, and place signs at Fowler Beach.
Delaware Kestrel Partnership
President Edward Crawford presented a Go Pro Camera and accessories to Jordan [Brown] of the DE Department of Fish and Wildlife, for use on their Kestrel Project, which is studying ways to stem the decline of this beautiful bird in Delaware. By using a "camera on a stick" a nest box monitor can more easily and unobtrusively view the interior of a nest box.
For more information go to American Kestrel Monitoring and Management or contact
Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
in conjunction with
Prime Hook NWR and Milton Chamber of Commerce:
SBC provides leaders for free bird walks at the refuge.

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