Thank you for joining us virtually for our 2020 Fiscal Year Annual Meeting!
Refuge Manager Deb Williams shared her insights about the unusual year the refuge had, then Friends treasurer Mary Ruff reported on our financial picture. Next, Friends Executive Director Deb Caldwell and her staff reported on the 2020-2021 projects, programs, and challenges, and Friends board president Jack Lockridge announced the results of the Friends board elections (held online before the meeting). For the final portion of the meeting, we had a very special keynote presentation. We were excited to announce our keynote speaker for the year was Richard Crossley, well-known author of Crossley Bird ID books, who presented “Past, Present and Future”- tales of lessons he learned while growing up in the wild British birding scene, traveling around the world, living in Japan, and settling down in his birding utopia, Cape May, New Jersey. He also talked about the positive impact of birds on people, citing his book Ornitherapy: For your Mind, Body and Soul (co-authored with Holly Merker and Sophie Crossley).
2020 Fiscal Year Annual Meeting video will be added soon.