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Dave Eshbaugh
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New Oregon State Office Will Serve the State's Chapters, Members
on Education, Conservation, and Activism Projects

Sacramento, California, Wednesday, February 19, 2003 - David Eshbaugh, the
former executive director of the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon, was
today named executive director of Audubon Oregon, the new state office of
the National Audubon Society, it was announced by Audubon President and CEO
John Flicker.  

Eshbaugh will build Audubon Oregon, the national organization's 27th state
program, in collaboration with Oregon's 11 chapters and its state council,
the Oregon Audubon Council .  The office will serve as a resource for local
chapters, supporting their education, conservation, and citizen-science
projects.  Importantly, Audubon Oregon will also serve as a rallying point
for activism efforts, both in Salem and in Washington, DC.  Eshbaugh will
begin his duties immediately.

"We are very pleased to be able to bring Dave Eshbaugh to Audubon to head
this vitally important project," said John Flicker.  "Dave has been a real
motivating force in his almost seven years with the Audubon Society of
Portland, and we know he'll bring to the job the kind of energy and
professionalism that has won him deserved respect throughout the Oregon
conservation community."

Since 1996, Eshbaugh served as executive director of Audubon Society of
Portland.  In that role, he planned, coordinated and oversaw day to day
operations of the 10,000-member chapter, one of the largest and most
effective in Audubon.  While there, he authored the organization's 2001
strategic plan; oversaw development of the budget, increasing operations
from $850,000 to $1.8 million in fiscal 2002-2003; strengthened the
organization's foundation grant program; supervised 10 directors and oversaw
a staff of 25, establishing a 401k program for employees; and coordinated
the organization's Centennial Celebration.

In collaboration with Portland Public Schools and Chapman Elementary School,
Eshbaugh and Audubon Society of Portland permanently protected the world's
largest Vaux's Swift roost site - 40,000+ birds; he personally raised
$80,000 to decommission an old chimney for the swifts' use and to install a
new, energy-efficient furnace for the school.  With the directors of the
Oregon Zoo and the Nature Conservancy of Oregon, he co-founded a highly
successful "Wildlife Conservation Lecture Series"; he also helped launch and
guide the Oregon Birding Trails discussion, which has resulted in the
establishment of the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail, to open this year; he
helped coordinate the activities and the semi-annual meetings of the
11-chapter Oregon Audubon Council, for which he wrote the charter, assisting
the chapters in capacity building, volunteer recruitment and management, and
educational programming.

From 1995 to 1996, he served Audubon Society of Portland's volunteer
coordinator, building and enhancing the organization's now 1,000-member
volunteer program.

Eshbaugh earned a Master of Arts in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Arizona
State University, Tempe.  He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio,
with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.  In 2001, he received the Alfred
Edelman Environmental Award from the Northwest Examiner, and in 1998, he was
named one of the "Outstanding Young Men of America".

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat
that supports them.  Our national network of community-based nature centers
and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of
areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of
all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

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