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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.