David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society, recently shared two pieces of Audubon news with Audubon members.
"The first is an Audubon profile in The Wall Street Journal that talks about the importance of the flyways vision and how it?s attracting new resources to support our mission, including a seven-figure challenge match from well-known environmental philanthropist Robert W. Wilson and a six-figure gift from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Oh, and the story starts with a birding trip in Central Park: http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304200804579163581750114624-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwMTExNDEyWj
"And second, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, has just approved a $1.7 million investment to Audubon to help us create a 36-month, conservation-focused birding ecotourism partnership in the Americas, a significant step in furthering our reach and impact in the places where many of North America?s breeding birds spend the winters.
'Through the course of that project, we?ll build on partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean organizations, including Belize Audubon Society, Asociación Vivamos Mejor and Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala, Guyra Paraguay and the Bahamas National Trust, and we?ll leverage our network and Audubon magazine to engage communities and create sustainable jobs that contribute to protection of globally significant Important Bird Areas."
"We?re really excited about where Audubon and our partners are headed together."
The mission of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of the habitats that support them.
The Field Trips Committee, ably chaired by Brock Hutchins, has just listed walks available to both HPAS members and the public, free of charge, beginning this May. Be sure to check out the schedule and mark your calendars to participate in several of our varied walks - you don't have to be an expert. Bring your house guests; we have binoculars to loan, field guides to share, and leaders to help you find the common and uncommon species in our area. As before, the first Saturday of each month, through August, will be geared specifically for beginners, with help in using binoculars and field guides, as well as identifying some of our more common birds by sight and sound. Saturday walks will carpool from the parking area behind Highlands Town Hall, unless otherwise noted. All walks will start at 7:30 AM unless otherwise noted. Bring binoculars if you have them, good walking shoes, a water bottle, and wet weather gear if necessary. Walks will be cancelled in the case of rain or heavy fog, but a light bit of drizzle is often ideal for birding (they do need to eat, regardless!), so don't let that stop you! If the schedule should change, due to unforeseen circumstances, the latest information will be posted on our HPAS web site. Be sure to check it out - there are lots of other informative articles there and our newsletter can be found there too.