NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

 

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Annouced by Canon U.S.A on November 10, 2014.

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Annouced by Canon U.S.A on November 10, 2014.

It’s official, the NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM has just been announced.  This is the last in the L Series of the White lenses to be updated in the Canon family.  A long awaited lens that has many new features describes below. This lens for many will be a go to lens for carrying around for many types of photography situations. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00

The New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens Delivers an Enhanced IS System Providing Four Shutter Speed Steps of Correction, a Rotation-Type Zoom Ring, and New Optical Element Formula to Help Maximize Image Quality.

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 10, 2014 ─ Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated  Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens, a second generation compact super-telephoto zoom lens featuring significant advancements in optical quality, image stabilization performance up-to-four steps, and rotating-zoom-ring design. This new L-series super- telephoto zoom lens features Canon L-series weather resistance and rugged magnesium housing to meet the needs of wildlife and sports photographers or photojournalists working out in the elements. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features a completely redesigned optical formula containing one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element ─ a combination unique to lenses in this focal range ─ to help deliver sharp images with high resolution and contrast. This combination of elements helps thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range.

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Canon U.S.A. Melville, N.Y., Nov 10, 2014.

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Canon U.S.A. Melville, N.Y., Nov 10, 2014.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is the logical evolution of the very popular EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM introduced 16 years ago,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc., “This long awaited, next generation lens was developed to be a highly portable and adaptable telephoto zoom lens for today’s modern professional and advanced amateur photographers.”

For photographers who want to work as closely as possible to their subjects, the minimum focusing distance of the lens has been reduced to just 3.2 ft. (0.98m), resulting in maximum magnification of 0.31x.  The original EF  100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM was well known for its push-pull zoom adjustment, but the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM uses a rotation-type zoom ring similar to the one found on the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens that allows for more precise adjustments, easier handling, and consistently excellent weight balance during handheld photography. In addition, the lens features an improved zoom torque adjustment ring that allows for the easy setting of zoom tension based on personal shooting preferences. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM also features an inner focusing system, a powerful yet quiet Ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized auto focus (AF) algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing in various shooting situations.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II MTF Chart - Click for Larger

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II MTF Chart

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Canon U.S.A. Melville, N.Y., Nov 10, 2014.

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features three Image Stabilization (IS) modes ─ standard, panning, and during exposure only.  Each IS mode is individually engineered to help provide outstanding results in a wide variety of shooting situations, and all serve to satisfy the personal preferences of photographers based on the type of IS they desire. The optical IS provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction, increased from 1.5 steps in the previous model*. In addition, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features Canon’s newly developed Air Sphere Coating (ASC) which helps to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting significantly, as well as a 9-bladed circular aperture Electro-Magnetic Diaphragm that helps to enhance beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds.

ET-83D Lens Hood which allows easy access to your filters such as a Circular Polarizer.

ET-83D Lens Hood which allows easy access to your filters such as a Circular Polarizer.

As with all L-series lenses, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is highly resistant to dust and water, with excellent durability in even harsh conditions, ideal for wildlife photographers even in rainforest environments, or sports photographers on the sideline grabbing action shots of the big game. Fluorine coating on the front and rear surfaces of the lens can repel dust particles and water droplets. It also makes smears and fingerprints easy to remove without the use of lens cleaning fluid. Included with the lens is the new ET-83D lens hood, that features a cleverly placed and convenient side window allowing the user to easily adjust specialty filters while the lens hood remains in place. In addition, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is equipped with a newly designed detachable tripod mount which can be removed to reduce weight during handheld operation.

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Canon USA Announces November 10, 2014.

NEW Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Canon USA November 10, 2014.

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Salute to our Veterans

Today, We honor those American Veterans and Fallen Soldiers who have served in the Armed Forces.

Viet Nam Memorial, Viet Nam Veterans private visits, War Memorial, Danbury, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Viet Nam Memorial, Viet Nam Veterans private visits, War Memorial, Danbury, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

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The Preserve in Old Saybrook CT permanently protected

 

GREENWICH, CT – Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society announces (CT/NY) “Governor Malloy’s announcement that the state will contribute $3.3 million to permanently protect the 1000 acre Preserve in Old Saybrook, Connecticut is the culmination of years of effort by local activists, elected officials, and leading conservation organizations, including Audubon Connecticut. We salute the leadership provided by the Trust for Public Land, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the Nature Conservancy—and we have been privileged to be part of the campaign to save this valuable parcel,” said Stewart Hudson, Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut.

“Audubon Connecticut’s mission is to protect birds and their habitat, and today’s announcement does both. It protects a critical forest block that provides habitat for imperiled species like the scarlet tanager and wood thrush. It enhances water quality in Plumbank Creek and its associated tidal marsh in Long Island Sound. It provides greater resiliency to the kind of storm events that we have seen all too often in Connecticut. And it is a special place for people and wildlife, one that will be recognized as such across the state.” He added, “We particularly recognize the Preserve as an area of ecological significance within the Atlantic Flyway, the avian superhighway used by birds during spring and fall migration each year that the National Audubon Society is working so hard to protect.”

“With Governor Malloy’s announcement today, and the support of federal, state and local officials, as well as citizen groups and our conservation partners, we are a significant step closer to ensuring that the children and families of CT – and the birds – will continue to enjoy The Preserve for generations to come. We congratulate the Governor for taking this historic step.”

Governor’s Announcement:

Gov. Malloy Announces Plan to Protect 1,000 Acres Along Long Island Sound as Open Space Agreement Will Preserve the Last Remaining Large, Unprotected Coastal Forest Between New York and Boston

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today a plan for the state to play a major role in purchasing and protecting as open space a 1,000-acre parcel along Long Island Sound known as The Preserve, which is located in the towns of Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook.

“We will take action to make funds available for the state’s participation in the purchase of the property and to address issues concerning joint ownership and stewardship of the land with the Town of Old Saybrook, which will also be making a significant financial contribution,” said Governor Malloy. “The permanent protection of The Preserve has been a goal of the land conservation community across our state for more than 15 years and it’s time to act to achieve this important goal.”

Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society with more than 10,000 members statewide, works to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats using science, conservation, education and advocacy for the benefit of people and the earth’s biological diversity. Through our network of nature centers, protected wildlife sanctuaries and local volunteer Chapters, we seek to connect people to nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists.

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Joel Greenberg on Passenger Pigeon

John James Audubon's portrait of a male and female passenger pigeon is the best know of any for the species. His classic The birds of America included 435 hand-collored plates and was released in four volumes between 1827 and 1838. These were accompanied by five volumes of text entitled Ornithological Biography. (From the collection of Garrie Landry). Courtesty of Bloomsbury USA, New York  Publisher. Joel Greenberg, author talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup.

John James Audubon’s portrait of a male and female passenger pigeon is the best know of any for the species. His classic  The birds of America included 435 hand-collored plates and was released in four volumes between 1827 and 1838. These were accompanied by five volumes of text entitled Ornithological Biography. (From the collection of Garrie Landry). Courtesy of Bloomsbury USA, New York Publisher. Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014.

Pigeon Rivers, Gone, But Not Forgotten.

On a recent late winter evening, in the magnificent lecture hall at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, we learned first hand about author Joel Greenberg’s fascination with the Passenger Pigeon. Mr. Greenberg has complied all that he could unearth on this subject into a book. A Feathered River Across the Sky by Joel Greenberg is a beautiful hardcover book published by Bloomsbury USA New York, that relates almost everything that can be pulled from historical sources on “The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.” The Connecticut Audubon Society and The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies jointly sponsored this talk. CAS President Alexander R. Brash introduced the speaker.

Joel Greenberg, author talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™

Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

It is a bit sad to realize that everything that is known about this bird that can be uncovered by a skilled and determined researcher can be contained in 286 pages including extensive notes, references and color plates. Martha, the last of her species died in 1914, 70 years before her death, there were most certainly in excessive of a billion Passenger Pigeons winging over the skies of Eastern North America.

Range Map of Passenger Pigeon. Joel Greenberg, author talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction." at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ 

Range Map of Passenger Pigeon. Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction.” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

A few of the points from his talk about his book stood out and remain with me today. A John James Audubon contemporary recorded in his journal a flight of pigeons that darkened the sun and was continually moving overhead for a period of 4 days; extrapolation of the numbers from this passage produces a staggering figure in the billions of birds just in this one flock. They nested in huge concentrations. One of the last mass nesting contained perhaps a million birds, it was the last one observed and they were commercially extinct shortly there after. Trains and the telegraph made it possible for commercial harvesters to relentlessly follow the rivers of protein and deliver steady train-loads of barrels of pigeons to food markets in big cites.

Shooting Wild Pigeons in Northern Louisiana is based on a sketch by smith Bennett and apppeared in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of July 3, 1875. Schorger consedered this picture to be particularly accurate (From the collection of Garrie Landry). Courtesy of Bloomsbury USA, New York Publisher. Joel Greenberg, author talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup

Shooting Wild Pigeons in Northern Louisiana is based on a sketch by smith Bennett and apppeared in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of July 3, 1875. Schorger consedered this picture to be particularly accurate (From the collection of Garrie Landry). Courtesy of Bloomsbury USA, New York Publisher. Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014.

The life history and nesting habits of these birds were never studied. Few laws were passed to protect the species and any that were arrived to late to have an effect. The Passenger Pigeon was perhaps the most numerous species of bird on earth certainly in it’s day, it spoke to the richness of the North American ecosystem. However the living ecosystem even then was undergoing dramatic change by the hand of man through drainage of wetlands and loss of forests, and the pigeon was over and out by the time before anyone knew what was happening. Would such abundance even be allowed today; would it be classified as a pest in need of control?

l to r. Alex R. Brash President, CT Audubon Society, Joel Greenberg, author talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch  Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

l to r. Alex R. Brash President, CT Audubon Society, Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

Clearly there are modern lessons from this extinction to be learned and applied if we have the moral conviction and fortitude to fight such battles in the face of apathy and financial interests. We only have to look at the “commercial” fish in the world’s oceans, once too vast to count, now dwindling to commercial extinction in many fisheries. Yet the unsustainable harvest goes on, after all there are people to feed and of course money to be made. Similarly but less obvious is the migrant bird loss proven without a doubt by the alarming studies began by Sidney A. Gauthreaux of Clemson who determined from spring radar studies from 1960’s to the 1980’s that the number of Neotropical migrants crossing the Gulf of Mexico were reduced by half during that period. Now you might say that there are still lots Neotropic migrants left, but losing perhaps one half of the avifauna flooding into North America in a short 20 years ought to set off alarm bells. Why are we not screaming for action? With such apathy, the question concerning modern Passenger Pigeons such as the fishes and common birds is will we do something or will our children be reading about another tragic loss in a hundred years that could have been prevented and wonder why nothing was done.

Audience member reads a poem she wrote about the Passsenger Pigeon Joel Greenberg, author talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Sharon Sweet, poet, reads her poem about the Passsenger Pigeon. Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

There were other Passenger Pigeon enthusiasts in the room such as poet Sharon Sweet.

Joel Greenberg, author booking signing and talk on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Raserved.

Joel Greenberg, author booking signing and talk on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Raserved.

Joel’s remarkable summary of the flight to extinction that saw the Passenger Pigeon’s population plummet from billions to zero in 40 years ought to make us think about our responsibilities today to those critters where it may not yet be too late to help. Get tough and regulate the fisheries. Make North America safe for migrants. Turn off the lights in your cites, consider where you place your wind turbines, and towers. Cover your toxic lakes. Promote contiguous forest patches. Create migrant safe zones all along the route to the breeding areas. Watch your application of any chemicals to the land and, most of all act responsively

Passenger Pigeon specimen. Ectopistes Migratarus North America. Coll. W.F.H. Rosenberg Edgwaro England 5591 from the Peobody Museum of Yale University.  Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on "A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon's Flight To Extinction" at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. New Haven, CT. March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Passenger Pigeon specimen. Ectopistes Migratarus North America. Coll. W.F.H. Rosenberg Edgwaro England 5591 from the Peobody Museum of Yale University. Joel Greenberg, author talk & book signing on “A Feathered River across the Sky. The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight To Extinction” at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT on March 12, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

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Six Giant Wind Turbines Threaten Great Lakes Bird Migration Corridor

I am very disturbed by what continues to develop in one of my beloved areas of the birding world. It is my deep concern that lead me to post this press release. We can all spread the word loudly and help our friends in NW Ohio fight this serious problem.

Northwest Ohio is an important bird migration flyway that is a crucial stop over for millions of migrating birds to feed, rest and refuel to continue there long journey to their nesting grounds or the reverse commute back home for the winter.  If this problem on WRONG LOCATION of Wind Turbines in Northwest Ohio continues to be ignored, we may never see any migrating birds ever again.  This would be a monumental disaster! ~ Mardi Welch Dickinson

MEDIA RELEASE

Bird Groups Raise Alarms over Wind Industry Installation of Six Giant Wind Turbines in Critical Great Lakes Bird Migration Corridor. Letter to Feds Charges Wind Industry with Ignoring Voluntary Federal Guidelines.

Washington, D.C., (March 3, 2014) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) charge that millions of migrating and federally protected birds, including an active Bald Eagle nest, will be threatened by an Ohio wind development currently under construction. The concern was raised in a letter sent this week to federal officials.

Photo ©Owen Deutic Breymaiser (contributed)

Photo © Owen Deutic (contributed)

The groups say that a local business park is attempting to install six massive, 300-foot-tall wind turbines in the same area of Ohio that saw a single large Air National Guard-proposed wind turbine project shelved just last month by federal officials because that project did not comply with major wildlife conservation laws. The site for both projects is Port Clinton, Ohio, on the southern shore of Lake Erie.

According to the February 26 letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, “… this wind energy project is being built by the developer, SUREnergy, with no Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ever being conducted, and with no consultation whatsoever with any state or federal natural resource agency. ABC and BSBO are concerned that this project represents an even greater threat to our public trust resources than the turbine that was planned for Camp Perry, and encourages the Service to look into this project in more detail, and take decisive action as appropriate.”

The letter says further that, “If this poorly sited facility is being built in the absence of any EA, any permitting process, or any consultation with state or federal wildlife authorities, then it clearly represents another failure of the current voluntary permitting guidelines to protect our public trust resources. Whether on public or private land, our native birds and bats are not owned by the for-profit wind industry, but are owned by the American people and held in trust for current and future generations.”

According to Dr. Michael Hutchins, Coordinator of ABC’s national Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, “We support wind energy development in places where impacts to birds and other wildlife can be minimized. However, these turbines are being built in one of the top five most important bird migration corridors in all of North America. The area is also home to the highest concentration of nesting Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. It is likely not possible to dream up a worse scenario for birds, including threatened, endangered, and other protected species.”

“The geography of the region and the reluctance of migrating birds to cross Lake Erie before resting and feeding create a funneling effect for millions of North, Central, and South American migrating birds,” said Kimberly Kaufman, Executive Director of BSBO. “It is appalling to think that massive wind turbines can be constructed in these globally important bird areas without any wildlife review whatsoever. Projects like these are an example of the failure of our country’s voluntary guidelines to protect birds even in the most sensitive areas.”

ABC has created a Wind Development Bird Risk Map that shows the Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio is among the worst possible locations for a wind power project.  “Once again, it is hard to reconcile the wind industry’s claims to being ‘green’ when we see that the clear intent of some developers is to carry on without regard to impacts to wildlife and the environment,” said Hutchins.

ABC and BSBO led a petition campaign that acquired over 5,000 signatures in opposition to the earlier wind turbine project at Camp Perry. Together, they filed on January 8, 2014, a formal Notice of Intent to Sue the Air National Guard (ANG), charging that a proposed turbine in the area was being built in violation of several major conservation and wildlife protection laws, including the Endangered Species Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Image showing the proximity of wind turbine to Bald Eagle nest,  Port Clinton, Ohio. Photo   ©Terry Breymaiser (contributed)

Image showing the proximity of wind turbine to Bald Eagle nest,
Port Clinton, Ohio. Photo ©Terry Breymaiser (contributed)

 A letter from the ANG Director of Installations and Mission Support agreed, stating that: “After carefully considering your objections … I have decided to withdraw the FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) for the project effective immediately. … Since the FONSI has been withdrawn, the project will not go forward at this time.” The letter was dated Jan. 28 and was signed by Colonel Peter A. Sartori, Director, Installations and Mission Support.

ABC and BSBO asserted that the placement of the project at the Camp Perry facility—and those proposed for the surrounding areas—presents an extremely high risk to migrating songbirds, especially the federally endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. This imperiled species was nearly extinct less than 40 years ago and, while rebounding due to costly and intensive management efforts, still numbers only in the low thousands. Additional birds at risk include other migrating songbirds, raptors such as Bald Eagles, Piping Plovers, and waterfowl. Also of concern to local residents is the possibility that projects like these may discourage birding tourism. Currently, more than 50,000 visiting birders inject $37 million into the local economy every spring.

ABC’s efforts to establish Bird-Smart wind energy in the U.S. are made possible in part by the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation.

image003American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC acts by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats, while building capacity in the bird conservation movement.

image004Black Swamp Bird Observatory is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach.

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Audubon Greenwich Educator Receives National Award

Long standing and good friend Ted Gilman, senior naturalist and education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the 2013 recipient of the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award.

This award couldn’t of been given to a more deserving and dedicated person in education and wildlife conservation.  Congratulations Ted! ~ Mardi & Townsend Dickinson.

Immediate Release below:

Ted Gilman with National Audubon Staff from Audubon centers in Greenwich, Sharon, Southbury. (contributed)

Ted Gilman with National Audubon Staff from Audubon centers in Greenwich, Sharon, Southbury. (contributed)

GREENWICH, Conn. (February 21, 2014) – The National Audubon Society announced that Ted Gilman, senior naturalist and education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the 2014 recipient of the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award. The surprise announcement took place at a banquet at the Grange Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio, where Gilman was celebrated by his colleagues from around the country.

The Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year, bestowed since 2006, is named in honor of a pioneer of Audubon’s conservation education programs. Tamar Chotzen, Audubon’s Vice President of Centers and Education from 1999-2005, led the organization’s efforts to grow its network of centers across the country. The endowment that provides the funding for this annual award was created through a gift donated in her name in 2005.

 Gilman was first hired in 1974, as a birdlife instructor at Audubon’s Camp on Hog Island in Maine, where he continues to teach ornithology. While working on his master’s degree in environmental education at Cornell University –where he was roommates with Stephen Kress, founder of “Project Puffin” and Vice President of Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society– he received an invitation to apply for a staff naturalist position with Audubon Greenwich. He left Ithaca to pursue what he hoped would be his dream job and he has been living that dream for 37 years.

Ted Gilman with Chandra Taylor Smith, VP of Community Conservation and Education for National Audubon Society. (contributed)

Ted Gilman with Chandra Taylor Smith, VP of Community Conservation and Education for National Audubon Society. (contributed)

 Today, there is nothing Gilman finds more satisfying than when he recognizes in a child that same “bug,” as he calls it, for birds that he experienced as a young naturalist.  Many of his students from his early years now return with their children to experience walks with Ted.  One such student is Michelle Frankel, now center director at Audubon Greenwich, who participated as a teenager in the Audubon Greenwich Summer Ecology Workshop for Educators; a program that was under Gilman’s leadership for over two decades and influenced hundreds of educators around the country.

“Though I was not a teacher and by far the youngest participant, it was a formative experience for me that led the way for me to devote my life to wildlife conservation. I had never before encountered someone so deeply knowledgeable — and passionate — about nature as Ted. It is my great, good fortune to be able to continue to learn from Ted as a colleague each and every day,” says Frankel.

If you would like to have the opportunity to meet Ted Gilman or book a special private “Ted Walk” nature tour, visit Audubon Greenwich or check the online calendar at http://greenwich.audubon.org.

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