UK/Northern Ireland: Meet Dara McAnulty. Great kid. Inspiring environmentalist
Dara, 13, loves birds – especially raptors. Is it not surprising that it made him very angry
when he found out that many raptors are being shot or poisoned
, and that offenders usually get away with it. Most people would leave it at that. But Dara wanted to try to make a difference – he wanted to support the fight against wildlife crime. So the young man came up with the idea of a fundraising hike to collect money for Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group to satellite tag raptors.
Update, 31 January: He did it! From Dara´s Twitter account
: “At the weekend I hiked 45km over mountain, bog, forest, limestone pavement & woodland to satellite tag raptors and improve the conservation of these beautiful birds.”
Update, 5 February: The crowdfunding campaign is closed. Dara has surpassed his ambitious £4,000 goal. To date, he has raised £6,050 with his campaign "Ramble for Raptors".
On Twitter he reported that the first Northern Ireland cross species awareness & raptor satellite tagging project "Hawk Eyes" will now go ahead. Dara: "I’m blown away by the generosity of so many! Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference because you’re ‘only 13’!"
I think I have found my conservation hero 2018 already in February https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding ... forraptors