FiRN is a nonprofit, and has been granted 501c3 status. FiRN is committed to researching and protecting these birds and other threatened finch species like the Evening Grosbeak and Rosy-finches, and if you have been enjoying all the blogs and identifying of Red Crossbill call types, redpoll subspecies and green morph Pine Siskins FiRN has helped with, please think about supporting our efforts and making a small donation at the donate link below.
We plan to fund student projects that will have a focus on field work and getting people outdoors. We have already been collaborated with Western Pennsylvania Land Conservancy, Powdermill Avian Nature Reserve, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History on the wintering Evening Grosbeak Project. We’ve been discussing a few different areas of focus regarding research on Red Crossbills as well, one specific area that is already ongoing is putting out ARU’s (autonomous recording units) across North America to collect additional call type data. And lastly, we’re in the beginning stages of being part of a Rosy-Finch working group, and this will be the third finch group (the Rosy-finch Project) that will be the focus in North America (the other two will be the Red Crossbill and Evening Grosbeak species complexes).
The Finch Superflight in the east has been a ton of fun, leading to over 40 interviews, articles, and presentations in just 4 months. Over the coming months and years we plan to fundraise for the above listed projects and more to help support student projects that will have a focus on field work and getting people outdoors! Since the launch of our website, we have received support from a devoted group of finch enthusiasts, observers and researchers, and we are looking forward to engaging with you as research unfolds.
To donate, click on the donate tab above — Any donations are greatly appreciated!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email below or call 607-345-7713. Thank you!