This is for the Birds by Marc Christensen

As we've travelled across this great country, we've been so lucky to see so many ecosystems and environments. Many reserves, National Parks, State Parks and other conservation areas. These include diverse habitats from coastal wetlands, deserts (one example was the Sonoran Desert) the Rockies and the floodplains of the Midwest. These habitats provide a diversity of life that are second to none.

This week, cycling the RAAM, I have had the time to identify Seagulls, Frigates, Terns, Myna birds, Mourning Doves, Hummingbirds, Egrets, Night Herons, Great Herons, Mallard Ducks, many types of birds of prey including buzzards, Bluebirds, Blue Jays, Scrub Jays as well as Robin's. So many I can't list them all here.  My point is, I've been fortunate enough to grow up in an environment  where I can appreciate our countryside which supports all of this wildlife.  Supporting them is of the utmost importance.  It is our duty as a human being and something we owe this wonderful planet that we live 

I am doing this ride to help raise money for the Trust so that they are able to teach young people to appreciate and recognize the natural beauty of life that surrounds them and to help carry these fragile ecosystems forward for future generations.