Bedford Audubon Announces Change in Leadership

by Jan 11, 2018News1 comment

Dear friends,

I’m so honored to have served as Bedford Audubon’s Executive Director for the last six and a half years. You welcomed me into your community, and I treasure the friendships we’ve made.

After much reflection, I’ve decided to make a career move and will be leaving Bedford Audubon on January 19. I’m joining the team at Carpenter Environmental Associates as the Senior Scientist & Nonprofit Practice Leader, where I will provide technical and litigation support to environmental nonprofits seeking justice for and protection of our natural resources.

I’m excited to take on this important new role, but will miss you all dearly. I’m staying local, so I do hope to see you hiking or birding. And I want to take this time to recognize what we’ve all accomplished together.

With you as the central focus and force behind our activities, we’ve accomplished so much!

Whether it’s been renovations to Bylane Farm and the Gray Owl Cottage, growing the Leon Levy Native Garden, celebrating our Centennial, designing a new modern logo, launching a dynamic website and social media presence, or expanding our intern program (just to name a few of my favorite projects). There have been too many lectures, field trips, and nature walks to count! Your time and skills, energy and enthusiasm, and financial support have made this possible. Thank you.

The work’s not done yet, though! There’s so much potential here, and I know that your dedication to community conservation and to Bedford Audubon will ensure growth and success far into the future. If there’s a new way you’d like to get involved, please let Tait or Alan know.

You keep the birdsong strong,


Dear friends,

Janelle Robbins is departing Bedford Audubon and embarking on an exciting new adventure. We’re sad to see Janelle go, but we’re delighted that she’s headed on to such an exciting new path.

Janelle has grown Bedford Audubon in a multitude of ways that I can only begin to recount. Her vision for Bedford Audubon has positioned us to become an even greater and more effective force for connecting people to nature.

Janelle became our Executive Director more than six years ago, and her steadfast passion and commitment has led and guided us onward and upward.

As an organization, Bedford Audubon is so far ahead of where we were when she first joined us; we’re so much stronger because of Janelle’s leadership.

Janelle’s contributions to Bedford Audubon cannot be overstated. Janelle brought the Board through development of a 3-year Strategic Plan, she navigated a morass of confusing systems and replaced them with modern software, she continually recruited an amazing group of volunteers and Board Members, partnered with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center on the Wood Thrush Project, represented us on the Audubon Council Board of New York, and the list could go on and on.

Please join me in expressing gratitude and best wishes to Janelle.

Janelle: we are exceedingly grateful for all you have accomplished in your time as our Executive Director. We will miss you. And we offer our heartfelt best wishes for you as you begin your new position.

Alan Clark, President


1 Comment

  1. Bob Rohr

    I agree with Alan. Janelle made you want to contribute your time and effort.


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