Letter from ABC's President: The Challenge of COVID-19

During this difficult time, I want to extend my very best wishes as we adjust to the challenges posed by the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

As we continue to adapt, some constants and familiar comforts are sure to lift our spirits. Birds are among these constants, and I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy some birding and bird song as they begin their northward movements and spring migration picks up.

While most of our staff is now working remotely in the interest of their well-being, American Bird Conservancy is also planning for the long-term. As soon as the present crisis is over, we will need to redouble our efforts to tackle the task at hand: recovering declining bird populations.

In the meantime, we are keeping in touch with bird groups we work with in the U.S., and with our international partners to share experiences and identify ways to work together effectively and safely during the next few weeks.

Common Loons. Photo by Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock.

Common Loons. Photo by Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, ABC is in a great position to continue to carry out our mission: to save native birds and their habitats.

I'm not going to pretend this isn't going to be a challenge, but I believe that we are as prepared as we can be – and birds still need our support. We very much hope that you will join us in helping birds this year, despite the challenges we are all facing. You can count on ABC to continue our work to save native birds and their habitats into the future.

We will be keeping in touch by e-mail and on social media, so please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and posts on all things bird to lift the spirits as we advance through the next few weeks.

Michael J. Parr is President of American Bird Conservancy.