2022 Annual Meeting & Lecture

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Annual Meeting for Members

Wednesday, June 22 @ 6:30pm

The Annual Meeting for members begins at 6:30pm. After a brief year-end review presented by Board president Susan Fisher, our Board elections will take place. One candidate is running for an open Board positions and one current Board member is 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 Bill Cavers  to request a proxy (or if you have questions about your membership status).

Suzanne Klein is the Vice President, Development at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She has a long career in the development and major gifts fundraising for such prestigious organizations as Mount Sinai Health System/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Sarah Lawrence College, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Suzanne grew up in the Hudson Valley but moved to Westchester County with her family over 22  years ago. She loves the outdoors – skiing in the colder months and gardening in the warmer ones.

Suzanne is currently on Bedford Audubon’s Development Committee and enjoys participating in birding events such as Hawk Watch. She is excited to bring her skills to Bedford Audubon to help further our mission of connecting people to nature.

One current Board member is up for re-election:

Simon Brocklehurst is finishing up his second 3-year term on the Board of Directors. He served as the Board President for Fiscal Years 2019, 2020, and 2021. Simon now serves on the Marketing Committee, handles special projects, and is active on the Properties Committee where he has been instrumental in tackling invasives around Bylane Farm.

Public Lecture

Wednesday, June 22 @ 7:00pm

(Directly following the Annual Meeting)

Mike Burger

Vice President and Executive Director Audubon – Connecticut & New York

On

Regional Coastal, Forest, and

Community Conservation

Mike will provide an overview of Audubon CT and NY’s programmatic priorities in the region, including forest stewardship, coastal resilience, and community conservation. He’ll explain how these emerged as focal areas for the organization and the strategies being pursued to achieve conservation impact in each. He’ll also provide examples of how the organization is involving young people in this work and collaborating with local Audubon chapters throughout the two states.

Michael (Mike) Burger has been with Audubon since 1999, when he launched a research program on managing forests for birds in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Audubon’s Connecticut and New York program, having recently served as Senior Director of Conservation for both states. During his time with Audubon, Mike helped lead the identification of Important Bird Areas in New York and the establishment of Audubon’s coastal conservation program on Long Island. In 2007, with support from a Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellowship, Mike collaborated with state directors and staff in the eastern states to create Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway program, which continues to this day. He helped establish Audubon’s Healthy Forests Initiative in the Atlantic Flyway, which is part of Audubon’s Working Lands conservation strategy. Mike has secured and managed millions of dollars in grants for Audubon’s conservation programs. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, where for his Ph.D. he studied climatic and physiological determinants of bird ranges and was supported by a Department of Energy Global Change Fellowship.

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