[audubon-news] FW: Newswire: Monday, June 7, 2004

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Audubon Newswire
Volume 2, Number 11
June 7, 2004

In this issue:
-- Audubon's First Women in Conservation Award Honors Five
Environmental Heroes
-- Audubon Urges Passage of H.R. 4114 to Strengthen the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act
-- Tuscon Audubon Chapter Plays Key Role in Securing Voter Support for
Sonoran Desert Bond Initiative
-- Glenn Olson Named Executive Director, Audubon California
-- Ann Georges and Kasey Gillette Join Audubon Public Policy Staff
-- Audubon Announces Chapter and Staff Winners of 2004 Callison Awards
-- Audubon Ohio Chapter Identifies Five New Important Bird Areas
-- June Issue of Audubon Magazine Reports on the 'Culinary
Conservation' Revolution
-- Audubon Missouri Launches Statewide Important Bird Area Program
-- New Edition of Chapter Networker Now Online
First Women in Conservation Luncheon Honors Five Environmental Heroes
with the Rachel Carson Award

New York, NY, Wednesday June 2, 2004 - Today, Audubon hosted its first
annual Women in Conservation fundraising luncheon at the University
Club here.  The event was created to honor women who are working
locally, nationally, and globally to sow the seeds of conservation and
environmental education, with a special emphasis on creating the next
generation of conservationists.

National Audubon Board Chair Carol Browner hosted the luncheon with
WNBC-TV "Weekend Today" anchor, Felicia Taylor.  The event presented
the first Audubon Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Awards to Jayni
Chase, founder of the Center for Environmental Education; Lynn Chase,
founder and chair of the Chase Wildlife Foundation; Maria Rodale, vice
chair, Rodale Inc., and founding editor "Organic Style"; Peggy
Shepard, executive director and co-founder of West Harlem
Environmental Action (WEACT); Alice Waters, founder of the Chez
Panisse Foundation & The Edible Schoolyard Program.  Audubon also
premiered a video celebrating the contributions of women to
conservation over the last century.

The successful event attracted nearly 300 guests, and Audubon is now
exploring the possibility of hosting this event as a series elsewhere
across the country.
With Migratory Birds Put in Peril by Recent Ruling, Audubon Calls for
Passage of H.R. 4114 to Strengthen the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Washington, DC, Monday, June 7, 2004 - Today, the National Audubon
Society, America's leading voice in bird conservation, called on the
Congress to pass H.R. 4114, a provision limiting Migratory Bird Treaty
Act protection to the law's intended beneficiaries, America's
migratory birds.  Audubon is joined by nearly two-dozen environmental
groups and bird science organizations in voicing support for this
bill, including American Bird Conservancy and the Maryland
Ornithologists' Union.

A recent court decision, Hill v. Norton, turned the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act (MBTA) on end by extending the law's protection to the
invasive Mute Swan, a species introduced to the U.S. in the last
century that causes significant ecological damage, especially to
America's birds.  H.R. 4114 closes the loophole created by this
decision, ensuring that legal protection is not extended to the Mute
Swan or the other invasive species decimating some of America's most
endangered bird populations.

"Invasive species are a key factor in the decline of many migratory
bird species," said Mike Daulton, Audubon assistant director of
Government Relations.  "To extend legal protection to invasive species
under a key bird conservation law is a terrible idea.  The Migratory
Bird Treaty Act is meant to protect migratory birds, not protect
species causing their destruction."

Since the introduction of the European Starling and English Sparrow at
the turn of the 20th Century, Audubon has tirelessly supported efforts
to limit the damage caused by invasive species for the benefit of
America's birds and wildlife.  The spread of the territorial Mute Swan
has caused significant damage to many important ecosystems, including
Chesapeake Bay, has displaced American birds including Tundra Swans,
Least Terns, Black Skimmers, Common Terns, and Forster's Terns, and
affects many species of waterfowl such as the American Black Duck, an
Audubon WatchList species.  For more information, please contact
Pima County Arizona Voters Approve $174 Million Bond Issue for Sonora
Desert Conservation: Tuscon Audubon Society Plays Key Role in Securing
Voter Support

Tuscon, AZ, Monday, June 7, 2004 - Last month, voters in Pima County,
AZ approved a $174.3 million bond package to protect open space and
critical habitat identified in the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.
Audubon's local Chapter - Tucson Audubon Society - an active member of
the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection - played an important role
in securing voter support for this historic conservation victory.

"This is a very exciting victory for preservation of desert and
riparian habitat, and the sky islands of Southeastern Arizona," said
Audubon Chief Field Operations Officer Les Corey.  "The victory was a
strong one, gaining support from 65.4% of the voters.  Though
opposition to the measure came from some strong groups, in the end,
even realtors and developers chose to speak out in favor of the
proposal.  We owe a big vote of thanks to the Tuscon Chapter for
working tirelessly to help this measure pass."

In addition, Corey has been appointed by the Pima County Board of
Supervisors to serve for eight years on the 11-member Conservation
Acquisition Commission overseeing this program, recommending projects
to the Board of Supervisors for approval.  Funds raised by this Bond
issue will be used by Pima County to acquire habitat requiring
protection under the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.  Pima is one of
the fastest growing Counties in the nation, losing one acre of
irreplaceable desert habitat every two hours to development.   More
information on the conservation plan, the election and the Coalition
can be found  at www.sonorandesert.org. or www.azstarnet.com
<http://www.azstarnet.com> .
Glenn Olson Named to Lead Audubon California: Longtime Audubon Leader
to Take on Directorship of Audubon's State Program

Sacramento, CA, Monday, June 7, 2004 - Glenn Olson, a longtime leader
in the Audubon movement, will assume the duties of executive director
of Audubon California, it was announced today by National Audubon
Society President John Flicker.  Olson will be based here and begins
his duties immediately.

"I am very pleased that Glenn has stepped in to lead Audubon's largest
state program," said Flicker.  "I am even more pleased that Glenn is
able to work with the Audubon Family in a state that is so near to his
heart.  Glenn Olson knows California conservation because Glenn Olson
IS California conservation."

"Audubon in California and Glenn Olson are a natural fit," said the
Chairman of the Audubon California Board Robert Stephens.  "Glenn is a
passionate conservationist; he lives and breathes it.  He is
enthusiastic, energetic, a great fundraiser, and a wonderful mentor
for the next generation of America's conservation leaders."

Olson started his Audubon career as conservation chair for the Los
Angeles Audubon Chapter, and he taught at the Audubon Camp of the West
in Dubois, Wyoming before joining the Audubon staff in October 1976.
Olson became director of Audubon's Western Region in the late 1980's:
during that time he spearheaded major wetland restoration and
protection projects throughout California.  He also served as a
founder and chair of the Central Valley Waterfowl Joint Venture, which
has restored more than 100,000 acres of wetlands and helped ensure a
sustainable supply of good quality water for these wetlands.
Anne M. Georges And Kasey Gillette Join Audubon Public Policy Office

Washington, DC, Monday, June 7, 2004 -- Anne M. Georges and Kasey
Gillette have joined the National Audubon Society as Assistant
Directors of Government Relations.  Both Georges and Gillette will be
based in Washington, D.C. and they come to Audubon with a wealth of
legislative experience.

"We are very pleased to be able to bring Anne and Kasey to Audubon to
strengthen our government relations efforts," said Perciasepe.  "Anne
and Kasey bring to Audubon the energy and professionalism that have
won them deserved respect throughout the conservation community."

With 15 years of experience working on Capitol Hill, Anne Georges
returns to Audubon after living in Thailand for three years.  Prior to
that, she was Audubon's deputy director of government affairs
(2000-2001), working on the organization's priority appropriations
issues, and securing federal funds for Audubon Centers.  Before that,
Georges worked as Rep. Rosa DeLauro's (D-CT) Legislative Director
(1999 - 2000); Director of Government Relations for the National
Association of Conservation Districts (1998-1999); and Rep. Dave
Obey's (D-WI) Senior Appropriations Assistant (1983 - 1996).

Kasey Gillette joins the Public Policy staff at Audubon after five
years on the staff of United States Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) from
2000 to 2004, where she served as senior policy advisor for
environment, energy, and agriculture issues.  In this capacity,
Gillette focused on environmental priorities such as the
implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and
preservation of Florida's offshore drilling moratoria.  Prior to that,
Gillette served as Senator Graham's legislative staffer for the
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water Subcommittee under the U.S. Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee.  For more information on
Georges and Gillette, please visit
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Audubon Announces Charles H. Callison Award: Winners Include Chapter
Volunteers Dr. Marcy Brown-Marsden, Camille Broderick, and Audubon
Staffers Lynn Tennefoss and Dr. William Branan

Park City, UT, Friday, June 4, 2004 -- Audubon honored four of its own
last week with the Charles H. Callison Award, which recognizes
outstanding conservation achievement.  The award recipients are
Audubon Chapter volunteers Dr. Marcy Brown-Marsden of Audubon Dallas
and Camille Broderick of Audubon Greenwich, and Audubon staffers Dr.
William "Bill" Branan, director of the Audubon Appleton-Whittell
Research Ranch in Arizona and Lynn Tennefoss, vice-president of State
Programs and Chapter Services.

"This year's recipients are model examples of what it means to make a
lifelong commitment to the environment," said National Audubon Society
president John Flicker.  "As Chapter volunteers and National Audubon
Society employees, our honorees have proven that the actions of
committed individuals can change the world."

<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/index.html#TopOfPage> for
more information on the honorees and their accomplishments in the
cause of conservation.
'Culinary Conservationists' Lead the Way as Consumers Trade Fast Food
For Fresh Food: March Issue of Audubon Magazine Puts Cooking and
Conservation in the Spotlight

New York, NY, Monday, June 7, 2004 - America's palate is shifting
toward foods that are fresh and seasonal.  Tasty, organic, and
chemical-free foods - sustainably grown or raised - are becoming part
of American mainstream cuisine.  The chefs leading this culinary
crusade believe that dining should be good for both the body and the
Earth.  And, after years of craving convenience, American consumers
have come to the realization that faster doesn't necessarily mean
better when it comes to food.

The May edition of Audubon (http://magazine.audubon.org
<http://www.audubon.org>) features four chefs - Rick Moonen of
Manhattan's Restaurant rm; Annie Somerville of San Francisco's Greens;
Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon; and Nora
Pouillon of Washington, DC's Restaurant Nora - who are at the
forefront of the movement toward creating and growing food that not
only looks, smells, and tastes divine, but is prepared with the
consumer's and the environment's health interests in mind.  The
profiles illustrate that these chefs, and the diners, suppliers and
growers they influence, can help promote an ecologically sound system
of agriculture - making each person along the chain a "culinary

Audubon's special issue tells how you can make smarter choices,
choosing sustainable seafood, organic fruits and vegetables, and
locally produced meats, and patronizing the restaurants that serve
them.  For more information on how you can be a part of the "culinary
conservation" revolution, please click on
ml#TopOfPage> .
Audubon Ohio Chapter Nominates Five Sites in Lake and Geauga Counties
For Inclusion in International Network of 'Important Bird Areas;'
Dedication Events Take Place May 22, June 18 & 19, 2004

Columbus, OH, Monday, June 7, 2004 - Since 1995, hundreds of local
Audubon Chapters have been nominating Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
across the country for national recognition as a means of protecting
bird populations and vital habitat.  Blackbrook Audubon Society, a
northeastern Ohio chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the
communities of Lake and Geauga counties, has nominated five distinct
tracts of land that will be included by Audubon in the international
network of Important Bird Areas.  The fist of these sites was
dedicated on May 22; the remainder will be on  June 18 and 19.

Audubon Ohio currently has identified 56 IBAs in a statewide network.
These five new sites will be added to the network: Headlands Dunes
State Nature Preserve, Lake Metroparks Girdled Road Reservation, and
Geauga Park District's Big Creek Park, which are all key segments of
the Lower Grand River IBA; Geauga Park District's Eldon Russel Park, a
key site in the Upper Cuyahoga River IBA; and Holden Arboretum a key
site in the Chagrin River IBA.  Each park will unveil signage at its
dedication ceremony consistent with the other nationally recognized
IBAs across the country.

The IBA program is Audubon Ohio's lead conservation initiative.  The
initiative's goals are to identify key areas throughout the state that
are critical to the survival of birds, and to promote the conservation
of these areas in order to maintain healthy bird populations.  Visit
for more information on the program and dedication ceremonies.
Audubon Missouri Launches Statewide Program to Protect Birds:
'Important Bird Areas' Initiative Identifies Places Vital to Birds,
Including Creve Coeur Lake Park, Forest Park, And Riverlands
Environmental Demonstration Area

St. Louis, MO, Friday, June 4, 2004 - Birds in the "Show Me State" are
getting some extra protection thanks to a new habitat conservation
program launched by Audubon Missouri, the Important Bird Areas (IBA)
program.  The goal of the IBA program is to identify and conserve
places throughout the state that provide habitat essential to the
survival of birds.  By identifying a statewide network of sites that
birds depend on, scientists can prioritize complex conservation needs
in these areas for the benefit of both birds and people.

Three of the first Missouri sites that Audubon has designated as
Important Bird Areas are located in the greater St. Louis area: Creve
Coeur Lake Park and Forest Park, located near the confluence of the
Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers; and Riverlands
Environmental Demonstration Area, located 40 minutes north of downtown
St. Louis along the Mississippi River.

"Missouri - the St. Louis area in particular - has always been an
important place for birds," said Roger Still, executive director of
Audubon Missouri.  "Migratory birds traveling along the Mississippi
River corridor rely on our land to survive their journeys.  Through
Audubon's Important Bird Areas program, we are working to ensure that
places like Forest Park, Creve Coeur Park, and Riverlands will
continue to be places birds can rely on, and places that local
communities can continue to enjoy as well."  Visit
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/MO_IBA.html#TopOfPage> for
Chapter Networker Now Online

Missoula, MT, Monday, June 7, 2004 - The newest issue of the Chapter
Networker is now available online at
<http://www.audubon.org/local/cn/> and will be in mailboxes soon.  The
current issue contains a continuation of the Chapter Educational
Products article begun in the last issue, Birdathon 2003 results,
information about new licensee discounts for Chapters, and other

This will be the last issue of the Chapter Networker produced in hard
copy; offering it electronically will allow Audubon to expand the
offerings of the Networker and get news to Chapter leaders in a more
timely fashion.  An announcement will be posted here on the Audubon
Newswire as each issue is ready to view, or you can check the Audubon
website periodically for the latest versions.

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