Rae Bronenkant Receives the Haidee Antram Award
Each year the GMAS is proud to present the Haidee Antram Award to an intern or volunteer who has provided outstanding service at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. This award was established through the generosity of the J.H. Newberry family, in the memory of their daughter Haidee, who was a dedicated volunteer at the Center. This year's recipient is Rae Bronenkant, a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, Rae interned at the Center starting in January, 2018, then became an Americorps volunteer at the Center in July. She was nominated for this award by Kim Guertin, the Center Director (and herself a former Haidee Antram Award recipient) and Debbie Archer, the Education Coordinator at the Center. In their nominating letter Kim and Debbie wrote that Rae's passion is incorporating concepts of climate change into their curriculum, while sharing her joy and enthusiasm with elementary school students and teachers enrolled in Audubon Vermont's educational program. Rae hopes to become an outdoor educator. This award, a scholarship of $1000, is intended to help her achieve her professional goals. We applaud Rae's achievements to date and look forward to following her career development in the future.
Protecting the Catamount Community Forest
The effort to protect the Catamount Community Forest, currently known as the Catamount Outdoor Family Center, continues. The Trust for Public Land in Montpelier and the town of Williston, are partnering to acquire this property and preserve 393 acres of forests, grassland, and wetlands in perpetuity. In 2012 the GMAS designated this property as an Important Bird Education site, recognizing its significance for breeding and migratory birds in Vermont. The total project cost is $1.92 million. To date the TPL has raised 91% of the necessary funds through grants and private donations with the town of Williston contributing 30% of the cost. To raise the remaining $157,000 the TPL is soliciting additional donations from the public. The GMAS supports this important conservation project. To donate visit the TPL website at tpl.org/catamount.
From the Hermit Thrush
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