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 Christmas Bird Count will take place this year on December 18th. All participants are welcome as we search for and count as many species as possible in order to add our report to those of Audubon Chapters all over the country. Over the years this data has been important in detecting populations trends and movements.
It's a really fun morning topped of with a warming chili and cornbread lunch hosted by Kay and Edwin Poole (168 Cullasaja Drive, Highlands) while the teams gather to list their successes. We will meet behind the Hudson Library at 7:30 AM and split into teams. You do not have to be a super-birder, so do plan to join us. Questions? Call Brock Hutchins: 770-486-3715