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David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society, recently shared two pieces of Audubon news with Audubon members.

"The first is an Audubon profile in The Wall Street Journal that talks about the importance of the flyways vision and how it?s attracting new resources to support our mission, including a seven-figure challenge match from well-known environmental philanthropist Robert W. Wilson and a six-figure gift from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Oh, and the story starts with a birding trip in Central Park:

"And second, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, has just approved a $1.7 million investment to Audubon to help us create a 36-month, conservation-focused birding ecotourism partnership in the Americas, a significant step in furthering our reach and impact in the places where many of North America?s breeding birds spend the winters.

'Through the course of that project, we?ll build on partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean organizations, including Belize Audubon Society, Asociación Vivamos Mejor and Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala, Guyra Paraguay and the Bahamas National Trust, and we?ll leverage our network and Audubon magazine to engage communities and create sustainable jobs that contribute to protection of globally significant Important Bird Areas."

"We?re really excited about where Audubon and our partners are headed together."

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Feathers, Fins and Fur Exhibit
at the Hudson Library
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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and the
Hudson Library host the wildlife exhibit, “Feathers,
Fins and Fur,“ during the month of August at the
library. The subjects of the display are birds,fish,
and mammals. The exhibit comprises the art of
John Sill, the photography of Ed Boos, and the
carvings of Bill Cochran.
Photo by Ed Boos
Art by John Sill
Carving by Bill Cochran
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On Monday, August 25th, the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents its program “Natural History Photography: Revealing the Unseen World Around Us” with Natural History and Conservation Photographer Clay Bolt. No matter where you live, one thing is for certain: just beyond the reach of your gaze is an incredible world of amazing plants and animals living intricately intertwined, beautifully complex lives. We often travel far and wide in search of exotic wildlife when all that has ever been required of us is a willingness to simply slow down and take a closer look. From wasps that turn pitcher plants into cradles for their young to treehopper herding ants, layer upon layer of biological wonder awaits our discovery.

Natural History Photography: Revealing the Unseen World Around Us guides audience members along a path into this miniature world and teaches them how to explore their surroundings with fresh eyes and tips for capturing this beauty with their camera. Along the way, we'll also take a philosophical look at ourselves and learn more about what we can do to encourage others to get
to know their own local wild places a little better. Filled with beautiful photographs and light-hearted stories about nature, this talk is great for naturalists both young and old.

Clay’s images and projects have been featured by organizations and publications such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Scientific American, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon Magazine, BBC Wildlife and many others. In 2009, he co-founded the international nature photography project “Meet Your Neighbours” ( which has grown to include dozens of photographers representing locations around the world. Among other things, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.

Join us at 7:00 pm for refreshments and fellowship, followed by the program at 7:30. Hudson Library in Highlands. Enter through the rear door.

Natural History Photography:
Revealing the Unseen World Around Us
View a few of Clay Bolt's photos HERE