Mass Audubon to Hold Annual Meeting November 10 in Worcester
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 10 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester to review accomplishments, announce initiatives—and honor individuals and organizations who model the same commitment to the environment as the state’s largest nature conservation organization.
Guest speaker at the 4-7 p.m. gathering will be Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences across the Commonwealth to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.
During the awards ceremony, the city will be well-represented. Allen W. Fletcher, founding President of the Greater Worcester Land Trust and a longtime community leader, will be presented with the Allen H. Morgan Award, which is named for the late Mass Audubon president and honors a lifetime of distinguished achievement on behalf of the environment.
Stacey Hill, a science teacher at Doherty Memorial High School, will be honored as a Conservation Teacher of the Year, and the Audubon “A” Award, which goes to a person or organization that has furthered the cause of conservation and environmental protection, or broadened public awareness of nature, will be presented to Worcester Tree Initiative, which, in the wake of devastating tree loss from the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation, has re-planted the city and surrounding towns with thousands of trees.
Other Audubon “A” winners include the Mass. Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, Gloucester-based environmentalist Noel Mann, and Bryan Windmiller, founder of Concord-based Grassroots Wildlife Conservation. Other 2016 Conservation Teacher of the Year awardees include Lynn Fiandaca of Fall Brook Elementary School in Leominster and Melinda Forist of Monomoy Regional Middle School in Chatham.
“The Annual Meeting is an important occasion to review some of what we’ve accomplished over the past year, announce key goals moving forward, and, as a statewide nature conservation organization, again acknowledge and celebrate the important roles of our public and private conservation partners,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said. “And this year we are especially pleased to be gathering in Worcester, where for decades we have worked within the city and with other central Massachusetts communities to promote land conservation, nature-based education, and advocacy.”
Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries in central Massachusetts include Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, Wachusett Meadow in Princeton, and several additional properties open for visitation and exploration.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.