Grocery Shop on June 18 to Help Rock Creek Songbirds

photo courtesy of Kelly Colgan Azar

photo courtesy of Kelly Colgan Azar

On Wednesday, June 18 your grocery dollars can not only stock your fridge, but also support local conservation efforts. Whole Foods Market in Tenleytown will contribute five percent of the store’s total sales that day to Rock Creek Songbirds. Since 2013, Rock Creek Songbirds has partnered with the National Park Service, Rock Creek Conservancy, and local schools to restore habitats for native and migratory songbirds in Rock Creek Park – including the District of Columbia’s official bird, the Wood Thrush

With funding from Toyota TogetherGreen, Rock Creek Songbirds has planted or protected from deer predation 125 native trees; partnered with local schools, including Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, John Eaton Elementary, and Tenleytown’s own Woodrow Wilson High School, to establish small tree nurseries or greenhouses for native plants; and helped integrate lessons and field trips about songbirds and conservation into school curriculum. The project has plans to plant 150 more trees and create a virtual trail in Rock Creek Park linked to a mobile app that hikers can use to learn about songbirds. Toyota TogetherGreen is a partnership between Toyota and the National Audubon Society that supports innovative approaches to engage diverse audiences in addressing environmental problems.

Whole Foods Market’s 5% Day for Rock Creek Songbirds continues the store’s support of conservation efforts in Rock Creek. Last month Whole Foods partnered with the Rock Creek Conservancy to clean up the headwaters of the Soapstone Tributary of Rock Creek.

So if you are already planning to make a grocery run or need to pick up just a few items at Whole Foods, consider doing it on Wednesday. The Wood Thrush will thank you.

Wood Thrush Pair