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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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July 18th
July 21st - Hudson Library

Audubon Program
on South African Birds and Mammals

On July 21, Jim and Ellen Shelton, well traveled birders and long-time Audubon members, will present a program on their recent trip to South Africa.  Ellen admits they enjoyed both the birds and the mammals on this trip, and she and her husband will share some of their favorite photos and stories from this adventure.  The Sheltons are seasonal residents who divide their time between Tallahassee and, more often,  Walnut Gap in Jackson County.  Jim is a former president of the Tallahassee Audubon group.  They are both long time birders who enjoy combining bird watching with travel.  This program, open to the public at no cost, is sponsored by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and is scheduled for Monday evening, July 21, at the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street, Highlands.  Refreshments will be offered at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30 pm.   

The Sheltons are positioned at the
southern-most tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.

Along the way, the Sheltons rounded a bend and encountered
this leopard lying in the grass about 15 feet from the car!
July 18th, There will be a walk around the Cashiers Commons Boardwalk and new Rec. Center in conjunction with Mountain Wildlife Days. We will search for nesting migrants as well as year-round resident species. Possibilities include Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Chipping Sparrow and many others. The walk will meet at the Cashiers Rec.Center at 8:00 sharp. Bring water and binoculars (if you have them, if not, loaners will be available). Last year the group found 24 species in less than 2 hours, so come join us to explore some village birds!
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