It’s hard to believe that Ida Giriunas, well known Massachusetts birder and long-time director of the Brookline Bird Club (BBC), passed away two years ago on August 20.  We wanted to update friends and the birding community on the status  of the expansion of the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary’s bird habitat garden area in her name, funded by your generous contributions.  In spite of the uncertainty created by the pandemic for the last year and a half,  IRWS has been busy adding to the gardens and they are filling out beautifully.  A sanctuary volunteer is in the process of  creating a guide to the plants including their names and benefits to the birds. Additional plants will be added this fall, and a location for a plaque will be evaluated.  While we hoped to have a formal dedication, that is on hold till the current public health situation is resolved to satisfactory levels of safety for MAS staff and visitors.  Please stop by to see the gardens! The photos don’t do it justice.  But remember to go online beforehand and reserve a parking spot.