Ida at Plum Island, undated.

Ida at Plum Island, undated.

Ida Giriunas, long-time birder and trip leader, passed away on August 20. She was 91.

To honor and remember Ida, the Brookline Bird Club is kicking off an effort to raise $3,000.  This money will be passed on to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary where they will expand their bird feeding habitat garden area.  This effort would include expanded fencing around the garden, addition of native plants, bird feeders, and a possible water source. A plaque in Ida’s memory would also be installed.  Ida loved the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.  She was a longtime supporter of it and for many years spearheaded their Bird-A-Thon.  We can think of no better way to honor Ida!

Ida was a force of nature, fierce and passionate about birding. She led and participated in many trips for the Brookline Bird Club, serving as a trip leader and past president and board member, spearheading the nationally known BBC pelagic birding program and making an annual trip to Machias, Maine for Atlantic Puffins and other Downeast specialties. Dedicated to birding, she was happy to share those experiences with those new to the birding world, the BBC and others. Those of us who knew her appreciated her directness, sense of humor and hearty laugh. Her years of service have been invaluable helping to make birding in New England the joy that it is.

Our fundraising goal: $3,000

To support this initiative and honor Ida, donations can be made two ways.

  • By check:
    • Make check payable to: Brookline Bird Club, with “Ida G Memorial” on the memo line
    • Send check to: Mark Nelson, 71 Winthrop Avenue, Reading, MA 01867
  • By credit card, using the donation form below:
  • American Express