As all children know, mothers are special.
The Nature Conservancy is encouraging children to consider the gift of nature this Mother’s Day on Sunday 13 May.
For $50, children can Adopt an Acre in southwestern Australia and help protect the forests, woodlands and heathlands of Gondwana Link—one of this country’s most beautiful, diverse and remarkable places—for future generations.
Gondwana Link seeks to protect a region that dates back 3 billion years and is home to kangaroos, tiny honey possums, turtle frogs and an extraordinary number of endangered bird species, some with their very own “thank goodness for mothers” stories to tell.
Both the Rufous Treecreeper and the Regent Parrot know exactly how important it is to appreciate mothers. After spending many days incubating their eggs, mothers of these species remain with the nestlings until they are ready to fly. To show the mother birds they care, and because the mothers are not able to leave their nests, different family members bring food to them and the baby birds each day.
Malleefowl chicks have a more challenging start to life because their mothers are frequently absent. While Malleefowl parents spend months building huge nests that generate heat to incubate the eggs, they rarely see the results of their labour. Once the nest has reached the perfect temperature, they leave and let the heat do the rest. When the eggs hatch, the chicks dig upwards to climb out of the tall mound, which can take up to 15 hours. They then begin a solitary life, independent of their parents. Many eggs hatch, but very few of the offspring survive.
Australian children are able to show that they care for their mothers by Adopting an Acre that will help care for the Rufous Treecreeper, Regent Parrot and Malleefowl, among others.
With support from Adopt an Acre, The Nature Conservancy and its partners are working to reconnect and conserve 1,000 kilometres of important habitat where these birds and live and breed.
As well as receiving a gift for nature, mothers will also receive a personalized certificate with a signature photo of Gondwana Link commemorating your generosity and a colorful fact sheet about Gondwana Link.
(If you live in the United States, you can adopt here.)
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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