[audubon-news] FW: Newswire, #4, October 10

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 16:09:50 -0400

> Audubon Newswire
> Volume 1, Number 4
> October 10, 2003
> In this issue:
> -- Audubon At Home Announces Grant from NRCS of $500,000 in Federal Funds
> -- Chapter Activist Named to head Audubon Ohio> '> s Audubon at Home Program
> -- Audubon South Carolina Adds More than 900 Acres to Beidler Forest Sanctuary
> -- Audubon Pennsylvania Names Lower Buffalo Creek an IBA
> -- NBC News TODAY to Broadcast Report on Navy North Carolina Airfield Plan
> -- Michigan Audubon Society Kicks off Crane Festival Tomorrow
> -- Bird Groups, Mayor Honor Chicagoans for Taking Part in > "> Lights Out> "> 
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon Partners with Natural Resources Conservation Service -- 
> NRCS Transfers $500,000 to > "> Audubon At Home> ">  Program Promoting the 
> Improvement of Backyard Habitat by Bringing Conservation Home
> Ivyland, Pennsylvania, October 10, 2003 - With suburban sprawl increasing by 
> more than 2 million acres every year, America> '> s backyards and 
> neighborhood green spaces have become, by necessity, important habitat for 
> birds - but only if they provide the basics of food, water, cover, and 
> shelter.
> In recognition of the increasing importance of backyard habitat to bird life, 
> it was announced that National Audubon Society and the US Department of 
> Agriculture> '> s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will work 
> together, engaging the public to improve the health and habitat value of 
> backyards and neighborhoods across America.  As part of this agreement, NRCS 
> will transfer $500,000 in Federal funds to Audubon to support and expand 
> Audubon At Home - a recently launched program that promotes conservation 
> action and environmental stewardship starting at home.
> Funds from this grant will support several different projects including pilot 
> programs in Virginia and Ohio aimed at engaging chapters and other groups, as 
> well as the Audubon at Home Educator position in the item below.
> "> This is a powerful partnership and represents a tremendous opportunity to 
> broaden natural resource conservation by engaging private landowners, one 
> backyard at a time,> ">  said Audubon Senior Vice President of Science Frank 
> Gill.  > "> Birds don> '> t recognize property lines, so approaches to 
> wildlife conservation must cover both public and private lands, requiring 
> innovative collaboration among government agencies, non-profits, and the 
> public.  Working together, NRCS and Audubon can bring conservation home.> "> 
> To see the full story, visit www.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org> 
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> Chapter Activist Casey Tucker To Lead Ohio> '> s Audubon At Home Program. 
> Columbus, Ohio, October 6, 2003 - Audubon Chapter activist Casey Tucker has 
> joined Audubon Ohio as its Audubon At Home Educator.  Casey will administer 
> Audubon Ohio> '> s pilot project to bring Audubon At Home programs and 
> materials to Chapter events and other public venues around Ohio.
> Casey comes to Audubon Ohio from Oxford, Ohio, where he has been active in 
> the Miami Valley Audubon Chapter for the last seven years.  During that time 
> he has served on the board of directors for two years, including chairing the 
> conservation committee. He also served on the education committee and has 
> been field trip coordinator. 
> During his tenure as Chapter conservation chair, Casey collaborated with a 
> number of individuals including Hardy Eshbaugh, Vice-Chair for the Board of 
> Directors of the National Audubon Society, and Ron Austing, a well-known bird 
> photographer and naturalist, to identify and promote the protection of 300 
> acres of grassland-marsh habitat.  This on-going project will result in the 
> restoration and preservation of an area that once served as breeding habitat 
> for a number of endangered grassland species, and served as a major migratory 
> oasis for a now absent species, the Smith's Longspur. > 
> Casey brings a range of talents to Audubon Ohio.  Please contact him at 
> ctucker@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ctucker@xxxxxxxxxxx> for questions about the 
> Audubon At Home program in Ohio.
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> Audubon And Nature Conservancy Work To Add 900-Acre Parcel To South Carolina> 
> '> s Beidler Sanctuary; Pine Tree Conservation Society Joins Audubon South 
> Carolina And Nature Conservancy In Raising $1.6 Million Purchase Price
> Harleyville, South Carolina, October 10, 2003 - The Nature Conservancy has 
> purchased a 909-acre tract in Berkeley and Dorchester counties for inclusion 
> in the National Audubon Society> '> s Francis Beidler Forest, a Registered 
> National Natural Landmark, it was jointly announced today by the Conservancy 
> and Audubon.
> The land, which drains into the Edisto River, was sold by Mead Westvaco Corp. 
> for $1,650,000 and provides much-needed habitat for South Carolina> '> s 
> forest birds.  The site was purchased with funds from several conservation 
> partners, including the Pine Tree Conservancy, and a one million dollar grant 
> awarded to Audubon through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act 
> (NAWCA).  NAWCA administrators considered the site the top coastal 
> conservation priority in the eastern U.S.
> "> Today> '> s announcement means that more than 900 acres of irreplaceable 
> bird and wildlife habitat will be saved for future generations of South 
> Carolinians to enjoy,> ">  said Audubon President John Flicker.
> For more information, contact Norm Brunswig at nbrunswig@xxxxxxxxxxx
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> Audubon Pennsylvania Names Lower Buffalo Creek Watershed an IBA
> Harrisburg, PA, October 10, 2003 -- Today, representatives from the western 
> Pennsylvania conservation community will join together to celebrate the 
> naming of the Lower Buffalo Creek Watershed as an Important Bird Area (IBA).  
> The watershed is being singled out for providing homes and migratory rest 
> stops for critical numbers and types of birds based on internationally 
> recognized criteria.
> "> The identification of this IBA will help us maintain a north-south forest 
> habitat corridor for birds as well as a greenway for people to enjoy,> ">  
> said Steve Hoffman, Audubon Pennsylvania's director of bird conservation.  > 
> "> The Lower Buffalo Valley IBA will also serve as a connector for the Enlow 
> Fork IBA to the south and the Raccoon Creek Valley IBA to the north.> "> 
> Audubon's work to identify new Important Bird Areas in western Pennsylvania 
> was made possible by support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation 
> and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Wild Resources Conservation Fund.  
> Visit www.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org> for the full story.
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> NBC'S Today Show to Air Special Report on the Navy's Outlying Landing Field 
> (OLF) in Washington County, North Carolina
> Chapel Hill, NC, October 10, 2003 -- NBC's Today Show is tentatively 
> scheduled to air a segment on US Navy plans to build a jet landing field 
> adjacent to a globally significant wildlife refuge on Monday morning, October 
> 13, between 7 am and 9 am EDT**. 
> The Today Show feature, reported by NBC News's Chief Pentagon Correspondent 
> Jim Miklaszewski, will focus on the dangers of and community reactions to a 
> training field proposed for Washington County, North Carolina, within miles 
> of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is winter home to 
> some 100,000 swans, geese and other large waterfowl that come from as far 
> away as Arctic Canada and Alaska. Audubon and other conservation groups and 
> local town leaders were interviewed for this important segment, which should 
> further strengthen the objections to the Navy's ill-suited plan.> 
> **NOTE: Broadcast date and time are best available at time of issuing this 
> notice but subject to change by the network.
> For more information, contact Chris Canfield, Executive Director, Audubon 
> North Carolina, 919-929-3899 or ccanfield@xxxxxxxxxxx 
> <mailto:ccanfield@xxxxxxxxxxx> 
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> Michigan Audubon Society Presents CraneFest IX:
> Ninth Annual Festival Brings Art and Nature Together
> Bellevue, Michigan, October 9, 2003 - Michigan Audubon Society announced that 
> CraneFest IX will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, from noon 
> to 7 p.m. near its Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in north central Calhoun 
> County, Michigan.
> The Festival will be held at the Battle Creek Kiwanis Youth Area - a 40-acre 
> wetland restoration project adjacent to Baker Sanctuary.  Major attractions 
> include more than one thousand Sandhill Cranes that return to the sanctuary, 
> and > "> Sandy> ">  the Sandhill Crane, on loan from Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.  
> The wild cranes> '>  > "> Fly-in> ">  typically begins around 4 p.m., with 
> best viewing for large number of the birds between 5 p.m. and dusk.
> The 900-acre Baker Sanctuary is Michigan Audubon Society> '> s first 
> sanctuary and one of its largest.  For more information, go to 
> www.cranefest.org <http://www.cranefest.org> or call Mike Boyce at Baker 
> Sanctuary, 269/763-3090.
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> Bird Groups Praise Chicago Skyscraper Owners For > "> Lights Out> ">  -- 
> Chicago Is First U.S. City With Bird-Friendly Skyline
> Chicago, Illinois, October 3, 2003 - National Audubon Society, Partners in 
> Flight, Mayor Richard Daley, and the Building Owners and Managers Association 
> of Chicago today recognized downtown building owners and managers for making 
> Chicago the first U.S. city to dim tall building lights to save birds> '>  
> lives.  Through the > "> Lights Out> ">  program, Chicago> '> s tall 
> buildings have begun to turn off the decorative lights during spring and fall 
> bird migration, putting them at the forefront of American cities taking 
> action to help birds.
> "> Chicago is once again leading the way as a green city.  In a great display 
> of civic concern and responsibility, all our buildings cooperate with the 
> program by dimming their decorative lights for almost 5 months of the year, 
> making > '> Lights Out> '>  a real success> ">  said Stephen Packard, 
> director of Audubon for the Chicago region.
> For the full story, visit www.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org> 
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