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PRBO's 2003 Annual Meeting

Sarah Huard


On a beautiful spring Saturday, on the shore of Bolinas Lagoon, more than 200 friends, partners, Board members, and staff attended PRBO's 38th Annual Meeting. The day commenced with mist-net runs and PRBO biologist-led birdwalks from the Palomarin Visitor Center: one of the highlights was a Winter Wren nest with newly hatched young.

After a wonderful picnic on the grounds of the Tompkins-Buell Farm, everyone gathered in the barn to hear the inspiring words of Board Chair, Bill Foss, and keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Herman. In his address, Bill Foss expressed his gratitude to all who make PRBO's work possible (see excerpt at right).

Dr. Steven Herman delivered his keynote address, "Bird Watching to Birding; Spaghetti to Pasta," to a rapt audience of friends, members, and staff, many of whom were former students at Evergreen State College. It was an honor to have Dr. Herman at PRBO.

At the close of the meeting, the Conservation Partner Award was presented to Dave Smith of the California Department of Fish and Game, Daphne Hatch of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Paul Jones of the EPA San Francisco Regional Office. The Foundation Award was given to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for their outstanding commitment to conservation. And the Volunteer Award was given to Miguel Demeulemeister for his dependable and knowledgeable service at the Palomarin Visitor Center. Outstanding Staff Awards went to Jerry Nusbaum for 25 years of winter service on the Farallones; to Lynn Stenzel for more than 30 years of dedicated work for PRBO; to Aaron Holmes for his work creating PRBO's shrub-steppe program; and to Tom Gardali for his leadership in the Terrestrial Ecology Division.

Enjoying the gathering at Tompkins-Buell Farm are Board members Lang Stevenson (left) and Rig Currie with Executive Director Ellie Cohen.

Throughout the day, guests were entertained by the sounds of live music by the Lipsey Mountain Spring Band and the opportunity to bid on fabulous auction items, including a membership at the Bay Club in Corte Madera, a birding trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, and a private birding tour with renowned PRBO naturalist, Rich Stallcup. This year's Silent Auction raised more than $4,500 for PRBO, thanks to many of you!

PRBO looks forward to building an even greater presence throughout the West-and to ensuring the longevity of our important work through growing our endowment-it is inspiring to know that we're moving ahead with both a dynamic membership and the support of our wonderful partners and friends.