|"The albatross has long been used as a metaphor. I see, in the extraordinary distances traveled by these birds to feed their chicks, the ultimate example of going the extra mile. To me, that is what the staff of PRBO does routinely--they are dedicated to a person and tireless in pursuit of the important work we do. To the staff of PRBO I want to say thanks again for all that you do: you are a small handful of people who are changing the world. |
"To our members, PRBO is very grateful for your stewardship. We need your help more than ever as the scope of our work expands: you are part--an important part--of this small group of people who are changing the world.
Please consider seriously our planned giving program, which is so important to the necessary growth of our endowment. Please respond as generously as you can to PRBO's fundraising efforts. Make this a statement about your priorities. And help us spread the word!"
--Bill Foss, PRBO Board Chair
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.