During the fall, Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory operates a songbird banding station, a hawk migration count, a hawk banding station, and a monarch butterfly tagging program at Kiptopeke State Park on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Those programs have produced invaluable data to aid in wildlife conservation and management. Each program is staffed by a paid, highly qualified, knowledgeable and hardworking young biologist. CVWO needs to raise funds annually to staff these positions. The biggest fundraiser is the fall birdathon known as the Kipotpeke Challenge. This year's challenge is on Saturday, September 25, and I plan to participate with David Clark on the Laughing Falcons team as I have done in the past. If you have enjoyed following my Big Year on this blog, please consider making a donation to CVWO to support their work. You can do so by clicking on the tiny CVWO link at the upper left side of this blog page above the picture of me, and following the directions given there. Your support would help continue the important work this organization is doing. You can read more about CVWO at their website http://www.cvwo.org/.