Annual Meeting + Public Lecture: Wild Suburbia! The Booming Wildlife of Westchester County.

by Jun 4, 2021News2 comments

Please join us for a public VIRTUAL presentation of

Wild Suburbia! The booming Wildlife of Westchester County

Presented by

Dr. Michael Rubbo
June 16 @ 7:00pm

In this program Dr. Michael Rubbo of Pace University will discuss the diversity of large mammals found in Westchester County.  He is currently working on a project with scientists from Teatown Lake Reservation, Rockefeller Preserve, and Westchester County Parks to document the distributions of large carnivores in Westchester’s many parks and preserves.  Their findings suggest that these animals have adapted quite well to the suburban environment.  Dr. Rubbo will also discuss some simple strategies homeowners can employ to minimize conflicts with our wild neighbors. (Photos below of Bobcat, Fisher, and Coyote provided Dr. Rubbo.)

The lecture will begin at 7:00pm directly following the virtual Bedford Audubon Annual Meeting for Members.

About the Bedford Audubon Annual Meeting for Members…

The Annual Meeting for members begins at 6:30pm. After a brief year-end review presented by Board president Simon Brocklehurst, our Board elections will take place. One candidate is running for an open Board position and two current Board members are up for reelection. Bedford Audubon members in good standing are eligible to vote in the election. If you are a current member and can’t attend the Annual Meeting virtually, you can vote by proxy. Please email Suzanne Cahill at to request a proxy (or if you have questions about your membership status).

Introducing the candidate who is running for an open Board position…

Dr. Linda Burke is a palynologist, ecologist, and taxonomist by training; she received her A.B. degree from Barnard College, and her Ph.D. from New York University and also holds a M.B.A. from Pace University. Dr. Burke is internationally published and was formerly the Assistant Director of Education at the New York Botanical Garden and on the faculties of the State University of New York and Fordham University. A National Board Certified Teacher, she is a coach for the John Jay Envirothon and Science Olympiad Teams and maintains an active involvement in Scouting for boys and girls, and is a member of the Programming Commitee for Bedford Audubon Society, on the Advisory Board of the Lewisboro Land Trust, and a Director of the Friends of the Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. She holds permanent certification from New York State and New York City in Biology and General Science, and in Earth Science and Chemistry from New York State, and was Instructional Leader of the HS Science Department until June 2018.


Two current Board members are up for re-election:

Susan Fisher has completed one 3-year term and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. She is the chair of the Programming and Marketing committees. More about Susan here >>

Phil Settembrino has completed one 3-year term on the Board and serves on the Finance and Facilities/Sanctuary committees. He also runs our Deer Management Program and sits on an ad-hoc Investment committee. More about Phil here>>


Sidebar photos of Fisher, Bobcat and Coyote (Michael Rubbo)

Banner photo of Bobcat (Adobe stock)


  1. Joanne McAuley

    I am not a member – is it still possible to attend the lecture by Prof. Rubbo at 7pm? Thank you.

    • Bedford Audubon

      Yes! Please email to let us know you are attending. That way, you will receive the Zoom link you can use to log in at 7:00pm for the lecture. Thanks!


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