Our December chapter meeting brings a special treat as we will be hearing from two distinguished speakers, Larry Berrin and Jim Brown, as they talk about exciting Audubon projects on both the state and local level.
Larry Berrin is the new Executive Director of Montana Aububon. He will be giving a presentation entitled Montana Audubon – Birds and Beyond in which we will join him as he shares what the future will look like for Montana Audubon with the launching of the three-year strategic plan. We will learn about innovative projects focused on expanding the organization’s reach state-wide by working with new and existing partners to help achieve its mission.
Next up will be Jim Brown. Jim will be describing conservation efforts and some accomplishments of Five Valleys Audubon beginning with establishment of the Clark Fork River–Grass Valley Important Bird Area. We will hear how that work has expanded into using bird surveys to promote establishment of conservation easements and influenced Missoula County land use decisions through review and comment on all subdivision proposals and planning protocols.
Larry has been involved in the field of conservation for over 25 years holding such positions as Vermont State Education Director for the National Audubon Society, President/CEO of Asbury Woods Partnership (Pennsylvania) and Director of Conservation Education for Discover Your Northwest where he led the campaign to develop the first Children’s Forest in the Northwest – The Deschutes Children’s Forest in Oregon. He is an avid birder and has led international eco-trips to places such as Mexico, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, the Amazon, and Kenya.
Jim is past president of Five Valleys Audubon and Montana Audubon Societies. He currently is a board member of Five Valleys Audubon and Five Valleys Land Trust. He is a retired forest scientist and project leader with the U.S. Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula. He has been an avid birder for 64 years including many international birding ventures. He is currently involved with many efforts to achieve conservation of bird habitats in varied landscapes across Montana.
Join us on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Room 201 of the Gallagher Business Building on the UM campus. Please note the change from our regular meeting room.