To unsubscribe from the list, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. > Contact: John Bianchi > 212/979-3026 > jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx> > > SCOTT HECKER NAMED TO LAUNCH COASTAL BIRD > CONSERVATION EFFORT FOR AUDUBON > > Duxbury, MA, Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - Scott Hecker has joined the National > Audubon Society> '> s Science Team as Director of Coastal Bird Conservation, > it was announced today by Audubon Senior Vice President and Director of > Science Frank Gill. Hecker will be based at Science headquarters in Ivyland, > PA, and will work from an office in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Hecker begins > his duties immediately. > > "> We> '> re thrilled to be working with Scott,> "> says Gill. > "> He > brings a great range of experience and successful accomplishments to Audubon, > and we know that our work on coastal waterbirds will be greatly enhanced due > to Scott> '> s proven abilities.> "> > > Starting in 1987, Hecker developed and directed the Massachusetts Audubon > Society> '> s Coastal Waterbird Program, which played a leading role in the > four-fold increase of the Massachusetts population of Piping Plovers during > that time period, as well as the significant increases in terns and other > beach-nesting birds. To accomplish its work, the Coastal Waterbird Program > employs volunteers and college interns to census, monitor, and protect > nesting areas of plovers, terns, and other bird species at ninety beaches on > Cape Cod, Martha> '> s Vineyard, and Nantucket. In recognition of Hecker> '> > s work, the Gulf of Maine Council named him its 1998 Coastal Visionary. > > Hecker will launch coastal bird conservation projects modeled after the > Massachusetts Audubon program. With an initial grant from the National Fish > and Wildlife Foundation, and in collaboration with Audubon state and local > chapters, he will work to enhance existing programs and launch new efforts to > increase on-the-ground protection efforts for Piping, Snowy, and Wilson> '> s > plovers; terns; oystercatchers; and other beach-nesting birds from Maine to > Texas. > > "> Scott Hecker has an unparalleled track record developing and implementing > practical and highly effective conservation programs for coastal birds,> "> > said Peter Stangel, Regional Director of the National Fish and Wildlife > Foundation. > "> His ability to work cooperatively with local communities on > sometimes touchy issues is particularly impressive.> "> > > "> I> '> m very excited about this opportunity to enhance existing coastal > bird conservation efforts on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts,> "> says Hecker. > > "> I look forward to applying what I> '> ve learned in Massachusetts to > habitat on a scale that will really matter to these threatened bird species.> > "> > > Hecker earned his Master of Sciences in Resource Management and > Administration from Antioch University, where he worked on the conservation > of freshwater wetlands in Belize, and a Bachelor of Arts in Natural History > from Prescott College in Arizona. > > 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. > > # # # > You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.