My sister-in-law Mary Loquvam is organizing a fantastically geeky fundraiser for the Los Angeles Audubon Society on May 9 involving bird watching and, er, Star Trek. To celebrate LA Audubon's 100th anniversary, the group is hosting a week-long "Bird A Thon" where you can sign up on a team to visit hot birding spots in the area with an experienced birder. The teams will compete to see who can spot the most species. Mary is pals with John Billingsley of Star Trek: Enterprise and he kindly gathered some of his Trek friends to form the Bald(ing) Eagles of Star Trek Team. For a $150 donation to Audubon, 30 people will spend the afternoon birding with Billingsley, Armin Shimerman (ST: Deep Space Nine), Robert Picardo (ST: Voyager), and Ethan Phillips (ST: Voyager), eating a catered lunch, and then celebrating at the LA Audubon's Centennial bash. The deadline to reserve a spot is May 1. (The bird above is a Solitary Sandpiper.)
Bald(ing) Eagles of Star Trek, Special Birdathon 2010 Team Invitation
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