Trees4Haiti co-founders, Dennis and Matt, attended the 2023 annual Mt. Washington Bicknell’s Thrush bird watching tour. Several bird watching enthusiasts from across the country went up the mountain, by van, to the last known location of the bird, seen by the Mt. Washington crew.
Several bird species were seen within the area. The guide used a speaker playing the Bicknell's Thrush song. We tallied three sightings of the bird within the area throughout our 2-hour tour. Though this is a good sign, it still shows that these birds remain elusive and endangered.
Sandown North Elementary, 4th grade class, Bingo for Books fundraiser, was A SUCCESS! Sandown North 4th graders managed to raise over $300 for Trees4Haiti. Great job everyone! Thank you to all those involved!
Trees4Haiti Co-Founder, Matt Marcotte, presenting to the 4th grade class of Sandown North Elementary in New Hampshire, on deforestation in Haiti impacting the New Hampshire environment. Gaining support for reforestation in Haiti, reducing CO2 and reversing climate change.
Dennis Marcotte Jr. started Trees4Haiti in 2006. He is seen here planting trees at a nursery in Seguin, Haiti.
Matt Marcotte, left, and a classmate went to Mount Washington a few years ago to try to locate a Bicknell's Thrush. Marcotte said they could hear the bird, but did not get a chance to see it.
SANDOWN — New Hampshire non-profit “Trees4Haiti” will share a message of wildlife conservation and offsetting carbon emissions to help save the Bicknell’s thrush, a endangered bird species, with Sandown elementary students in early February.
The group has been around since 2006 with a mission of helping the country of Haiti while also restoring habitats of the Bicknell’s thrush, near and far.
The Bicknell’s thrush is a small, brown songbird with habitats in high, mountaintop elevations. Population has decreased over the years due to changes in its wintering habitats, places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
“Our goal is to plant trees in Haiti to help save the environment down there while linking it to saving an endangered bird that calls New Hampshire home,” said Matt Marcotte, the organization’s secretary.
Matt Marcotte is a Salem, New Hampshire, resident and senior at Southern New Hampshire University.
Throughout his life, his father, Dennis Marcotte Jr., would encourage him and his two older sisters to find ways to save this bird species.
His father started Trees4Haiti after watching a PBS documentary highlighting a Haitian foundation called Fondation Seguin that replanted trees in the country’s national parks. The film also discussed this specific bird.
Dennis Marcotte Jr. found that the bird had local ties to New England, dwelling in the White Mountains and in Vermont.
Trees4Haiti has planted hundreds of thousands of trees in Haiti’s Seguin mountains over the last 16 years.
The operation was officially sanctioned a New Hampshire non-profit organization this past summer.
Matt Marcotte grew up in Plaistow and was educated in the Timberlane Regional School District.
He’s excited he’ll be able to make a presentation to Sandown North Elementary School’s fourth grade class that will tie into their curriculum.
Kids will learn how something planting trees helps restore the Bicknell’s thrush’s natural homes.
“They don’t have a place to mate, eat and live comfortably for those months,” Matt Marcotte said. “When they are flying back, they are doing so in less and less numbers.”
The non-profit organization hopes to get more school districts involved in its overall conservation goals to combat climate change and foster reforestation.
“We want to implement ‘adopt-an-acre,’” Matt Marcotte said. “Each school district would adopt an acre in Haiti and raise money each year to plant trees there.”
P.O. Box 675 Plaistow, New Hampshire 03865 USA
2023 TREES4HAITI is a registered 501(c)(3) organization
Founders: Dennis M., Winthrop A., Joe S., Geno B., Matt M.
TM 2023 Photos