In the fall of 1992, Kay and Jim Charter realized that many of their favorite bird species were in decline. Migrating species like Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and warblers were losing ground every year. Unwilling to stand by helplessly and watch the downward slide of these beautiful creatures, the Charters opted to take action by selling their lakefront home in order to purchase a large tract of land away from the water. Before the year was out, the house was sold and the couple used the proceeds from the sale, and their retirement savings, to purchase a 47-acre tract of mixed habitat away from the water. There they established a safe haven for the feathered jewels they love.
Nine years later, in the summer of 2001, Kay Charter was the driving force behind the founding of Saving Birds Thru Habitat. This organization is dedicated to the cause of teaching others about the challenges facing our migrating birds, pollinators and others, and instructing them about how to help resolve those problems. Charter is the Executive Director of SBTH. She has created many engaging PowerPoint programs, including “Grow a Bird Feeder,” “A Tale of Two Cities – How to Save Birds With Habitat,” “Batty about Bats,” “Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators,” and others, addressing the causes for these tragic losses, and it demonstrates how every single person can make a positive difference right in his or her backyard.