Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon Society

A Northern Westchester & Eastern Putnam Counties, New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Celebrating Over 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2015

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Marty McGuire scholarship winners

Bedford Audubon Society Awards Annual Marty McGuire Scholarship to Local Students

On Wednesday, June 10 Bedford Audubon Society awarded John Jay High School rising junior Steven Palmesi, of South Salem, and Fox Lane High School rising junior Cameron Garzon, of Mount Kisco, the Marty McGuire Scholarship. Both students will be applying the scholarship towards the cost of their science research projects in the coming year.

Steven’s research is on the effectiveness of stormwater bioretention systems. Stormwater is a significant source of water pollution, including hydrocarbons, sediment, and even lead. Green infrastructure practices, such as bioretention or rain gardens, can not only improve local water quality, but also increase wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services. Steven will receive a scholarship for $550.

Cameron’s research is on the impact of light pollution on loggerhead sea turtle hatchings. Sea turtles have experienced a worldwide population decline due to habitat loss, poaching, and light pollution. In particular, artificial light alters the ratio of male to female hatchlings. Cameron will receive a scholarship of $450 toward her research with the Caretta Research Project in Georgia.

The awards were announced at Bedford Audubon’s June lecture at the Katonah Village Library, and each student gave the audience a brief summary of their research endeavors. Dr. Linda Burke, Chair of Bedford Audubon’s Education Committee, says "Bedford Audubon is proud to support the future leaders in environmental research and conservation action."

"Each year I look forward to receiving the scholarship applications—all the projects are so interesting, and show what passion young people have for conservation," says Bedford Audubon’s Executive Director, Janelle Robbins.

The scholarship is given in honor of Marty McGuire of Putnam County, who tragically died in a car accident in August 2007. He was an active and enthusiastic young birder filled with a love of nature.

Proposed Changes to our Bylaws

To help familiarize you with the proposed revised bylaws, here is a brief summary of the most major changes.

hawk watch

Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of a Hawkwatch Lead Counter Opportunity at our Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch, located in Bedford Corners, New York.

Essential functions of the position require hiking, standing outdoors for long periods at a time, and lifting 25 pounds. This is a long count, and not for the faint of heart! More...

hawk watch

Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of a Hawkwatch Interpreter Opportunity the 2015 season at our Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch, located in Bedford Corners, New York.

Serve as a primary nature interpreter to the visiting public and during public programs and aid the Lead Counter in spotting raptors and other birds, especially during peak migration More...

Annual Meeting
and Free Lecture on the History of Botanical Illustration

by artist Dorie Petrochko
Wednesday, May 13, 7pm
Community Room at the Mount Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, New York Dorie Petrochko

Join us for our Annual Meeting—which will include a year in review, Board elections, and a vote on updating the bylaws. See proposed changes. To vote, you must be a member in good standing (call Janelle Robbins at 914.232.1999 to inquire about your status), but you do not need to be a member to attend the lecture.

Immediately following the Annual Meeting, Artist Dorie Petrochko will give a talk tracing the humble origins of botanical illustration from 1500 BC in Egypt and Greece to contemporary artists from around the globe. She will discuss the evolution of illustrating plants for medicinal purposes to the fine illustration of rare and beautiful plants for wealthy patrons interested in scientific botany and floriculture in the mid to late 1800s. She will also discuss the change in illustration techniques throughout time, as flower painting fell in and out of favor.

Dorie is an accomplished painter and natural science illustrator who has taught art for 25 years. She received a BFA from Wagner College and a MA in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She has received numerous awards, including the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Award for Wildlife Painting and the Julia & David White Fellowship in Costa Rica. In 2015, she will exhibit in All Things Birds and Beautiful, a juried show on Orcas Island in Washington to benefit bird conservation. Dorie lectures and teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum, where she is president of Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators.

Calling All Volunteers!

Bedford Audubon Society needs a few good men and women…to volunteer! Whether your passion is gardening, trail maintenance, education, fundraising, or writing, we have an opportunity just for you. Volunteers make a wonderful contribution to our success, and we couldn't have made it this far without the time and energy of numerous individuals. If you're interested in volunteering, please call Janelle at 914-232-1999 or fill out this application

*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).

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Bedford Audubon Society's headquarters are located at:
    Bylane Farm
    35 Todd Road
    Katonah, New York 10536
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