On Wednesday, June 10 Bedford Audubon Society awarded John Jay High School rising junior Steven Palmesi, of South Salem, and Fox Lane High School rising junior Cameron Garzon, of Mount Kisco, the Marty McGuire Scholarship. Both students will be applying the scholarship towards the cost of their science research projects in the coming year.
Steven’s research is on the effectiveness of stormwater bioretention systems. Stormwater is a significant source of water pollution, including hydrocarbons, sediment, and even lead. Green infrastructure practices, such as bioretention or rain gardens, can not only improve local water quality, but also increase wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services. Steven will receive a scholarship for $550.
Cameron’s research is on the impact of light pollution on loggerhead sea turtle hatchings. Sea turtles have experienced a worldwide population decline due to habitat loss, poaching, and light pollution. In particular, artificial light alters the ratio of male to female hatchlings. Cameron will receive a scholarship of $450 toward her research with the Caretta Research Project in Georgia.
The awards were announced at Bedford Audubon’s June lecture at the Katonah Village Library, and each student gave the audience a brief summary of their research endeavors. Dr. Linda Burke, Chair of Bedford Audubon’s Education Committee, says "Bedford Audubon is proud to support the future leaders in environmental research and conservation action."
"Each year I look forward to receiving the scholarship applications—all the projects are so interesting, and show what passion young people have for conservation," says Bedford Audubon’s Executive Director, Janelle Robbins.
The scholarship is given in honor of Marty McGuire of Putnam County, who tragically died in a car accident in August 2007. He was an active and enthusiastic young birder filled with a love of nature.
To help familiarize you with the proposed revised bylaws, here is a brief summary of the most major changes.
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Join us for our Annual Meeting—which will include a year in review, Board elections, and a vote on updating the bylaws. See proposed changes. To vote, you must be a member in good standing (call Janelle Robbins at 914.232.1999 to inquire about your status), but you do not need to be a member to attend the lecture.
Immediately following the Annual Meeting, Artist Dorie Petrochko will give a talk tracing the humble origins of botanical illustration from 1500 BC in Egypt and Greece to contemporary artists from around the globe. She will discuss the evolution of illustrating plants for medicinal purposes to the fine illustration of rare and beautiful plants for wealthy patrons interested in scientific botany and floriculture in the mid to late 1800s. She will also discuss the change in illustration techniques throughout time, as flower painting fell in and out of favor.
Dorie is an accomplished painter and natural science illustrator who has taught art for 25 years. She received a BFA from Wagner College and a MA in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She has received numerous awards, including the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Award for Wildlife Painting and the Julia & David White Fellowship in Costa Rica. In 2015, she will exhibit in All Things Birds and Beautiful, a juried show on Orcas Island in Washington to benefit bird conservation. Dorie lectures and teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum, where she is president of Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators.
*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).