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Food Trucks for Birds - on the migration highway was inspired on a drive down Highway 1 in Florida Keys. Let me back up in reverse and explain.

Website - FoodTrucksForBirds.com
YouTube video from Bird Talk Tour '22



What is a Food Truck for Birds?
It is a metaphor for planting native shrubs and trees for birds. They require native plants as a food source i.e. the berries or the insects on them. We are rapidly changing our environment from native shrubs to grass lawns. The baby birds nor their parents can adapt that fast. It takes 40 years to change their diet. They are not making it. The song bird migrations are suffering.

The Inspiration

Tricia was heading south on the 18 mile stretch from Florida City to Key Largo late one evening. While thinking about her Hammock Bird project, she looked up at the stormy skies rolling in. The song AC DC Highway to Hell came on the radio. Which sparked an idea. “These birds are in the highway in sky trying to navigate food deserts and glass buildings... It’s a highway through hell for them. How can I provide food for them? I can stop for a coffee, food, or gas but these birds have no rest stops”. 
Food Trucks – these birds need a food truck for their migration in the sky journey!

An idea was born but it needed more work. “How could I encourage people to plant native plants for ecological patches?” Tricia is a former dolphin trainer with a BA in Psychology. She combined her education with inspiration from Free Little Libraries to launch “food truck” plans on this website.

It’s about giving people positive vibes for taking action with the educational materials.

Inspiration – Free Little Little Libraries

Tricia grew up going to the libraries during summertime breaks. “I love the free little library concept” she said. She was brainstorming some ideas to encourage people to follow through with the educational handouts. “Too many times we give away free handouts – but there is no follow up to find out if people take action”.

I developed this website to encourage people to “take action” from the free materials to install and register their food trucks. Everyone gets gold stars As a bonus, they can join the socials and hashtag their food trucks (minimum of three native plants together). 
There is always a facebook public group. 
Everyone who registers their food truck on the website can choose their level of privacy. As the program rolls out we would like to offer people a small plaque for their registered trucks. 

The logo?

“I was looking for inspiration from songs on YouTube. When I googled bird songs, Born to be Wild by Stephanwolf popped up. The video was perfect. The band members were on motorcycles on the open highway. At one point, they even stand up on the bike and flap their arms. I had to laugh. This is perfect for a logo.”
Tricia learned graphics from her BA in Art at Florida International University. She set about to find the perfect bird and motorcycle to assemble for a logo. There you have it. A bird on a motorcycle on the migration highway looking for a food truck for a pit stop.

Why GoFundMe?

This is a labor of love. I have dedicated my Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture project to this endeavor. The library talks are free and open to the public. The planting plans are free for attendees. I would like the funds to fully register this project as a non-profit and trademark the logo and name. In order to pay a lawyer and government fees, I hope you will consider a donation. I would love to see this expand all the way from Florida to Maine up the US Highway 1.

ALL funds go directly to this project. All of time for the research, website, artwork, and talks have been paid by me - personally.
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Tricia Keffer
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Niceville, FL

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