Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, our annual dinner will take place at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich where we will be honoring John W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. with the Katie O'Brien Lifetime Achievement Award, and George E. Pataki, former Governor of New York State, and Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Senator, with the Environmental Leadership Awards for their outstanding commitment to Audubon and their many achievements in the field of conservation.

Urban Oases ~ New Haven, CT ceremony
Tylar Greene/USFWS
In tribute to the work of these honorees, proceeds from the Awards Dinner will benefit the improvement and expansion of Audubon Connecticut initiatives including our 2014 Flagship Programs: 

  • Urban Oases for Songbirds
  • 21st Century Centers of Excellence
  • Shorebird Conservation
  • Important Bird Areas

Urban Oases: Development of natural landscapes is among the greatest threats to our birds. This essential program creates healthier habitats for birds and people by working with governmental agencies, schools and other conservation partners to pursue sustainable behaviors and protect critical habitats in urban settings.

21st Century Centers of Excellence: Audubon's Centers offer education, resources, and important community engagement providing individuals and families with a connection to nature. Our goal is to ensure that Audubon Connecticut Centers become the leaders and innovators in conservation awareness and action.

Shorebird Conservation: Our shoreline provides nesting and migratory stop-over habitat for thousands of shorebirds, including several threatened species. Our objective is to increase current populations of 12 key species by 10-15% over the next five years through education, innovative partnerships and on-the-ground stewardship.

Saltmarsh Sparrow
Important Bird Areas (IBAs): IBA designations constitute one of the most important conservation tools Audubon has to provide recognition and protection to imperiled bird species in critical areas. The process of such designation is based on rigorous science. We are pursuing legislation to allow the application of these designations to state lands.

For inquiries about the Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner, please contact Audubon Connecticut's Executive Director, Stewart J. Hudson, at (203) 869-5272, ext. 222 or shudson@audubon.org.

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