Birds Benefit from Birdies

Marathon Petroleum’s Golf Tournament supports International Bird Rescue and others

The October 2022 MPCGives Invitational golf tournament raised more than $2 million for non-profit organizations.

Under sunny skies in the Fall of 2022, more than 180 donors and sponsors came together in San Antonio, Texas, to raise money for charity at Marathon Petroleum’s 2022 MPCgives Invitational golf tournament.

Although Marathon has partnered with Bird Rescue for a number of years to support wildlife care and education, and to help maintain and upgrade facilities, this year marked Bird Rescue’s first time as a beneficiary of the annual event that raised $2.26 million last year for national nonprofit organizations across the United States.

“At MPC, our community investment strategy is centered around strengthening communities and helping make people’s lives better,” said Tim Aydt, Executive Vice President of Refining at Marathon Petroleum. “We’re happy to have opportunities like this where our valued business partners can participate, because together we make an even bigger impact.”

For Bird Rescue, these crucial funds support essential, specially-trained veterinary and rehabilitation staff. This helps us improve patient outcomes that lead to greater biodiversity, and help us address the ongoing and escalating challenges facing wild aquatic birds, whether from human impacts or from diseases such as the current deadly strain of bird flu.

Thanks to supporters like Marathon who share our vision of a world in which each person, every day, takes action to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves, in 2022 we were able to:

  • Care for nearly 3,400 waterbird patients, 574 of which are members of species of conservation concern
  • Help 2,200 birds and 3,700 people through our Bird HelpLine
  • Release 250 Brown Pelicans back to the wild with special blue bands

Every dollar contributed to Bird Rescue makes a difference in our ability to save lives. You too can support our life-saving efforts in 2023 with a donation:

If you think you have found a bird that is sick, injured, contaminated or otherwise incapacitated, please follow the instructions linked here to help an injured bird.