Let’s make a few new year’s resolutions for 2017: get outside, keep informed, and stay engaged.
January is not a month to stay inside. Maine Audubon offers several exciting birding trips this month to help you make the most of the winter season. Many folks know Portland Head Light from the summer months, but did you know it is just as spectacular in winter? Join our naturalist Doug Hitchcox there for a morning of bird watching on January 11 and see for yourself. Or, join Linda Woodard and Turk Duddy on January 21 for a trip to several of Greater Portland’s birding hotspots.
Also happening this month: Maine Audubon offers an opportunity to learn more about the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, one of the most significant Maine conservation achievements of our lifetime. Join us at our January Speaker Series event featuring Lucas St. Clair to hear stories about the intensive process required to make the monument happen.
January also marks the transition to the new administration in Washington D.C. We remain deeply concerned by the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations that affect water quality, air quality, climate change — core issues for our environment and for wildlife habitat in Maine and beyond. Maine Audubon has joined with other Maine-based conservation organizations in expressing our concerns to our delegation in Washington, and we stand ready to mobilize our membership on key nominations and policy issues.
We are undergoing our own leadership transition here at Maine Audubon, as well. This will be my last blog post. I have enjoyed my time with you — meeting Maine Audubon members across the state, and sharing your enthusiasm for the stewardship of Maine’s wildlife and habitat. It is my pleasure to be able to hand the reins to Andy Beahm, who will be serving as Acting Executive Director. Andy joins us following a long, outstanding career with L.L. Bean. He has also served as Board President of Maine Audubon. Andy hails from Aroostook County and has a deep-seated passion for the outdoors and wildlife. I know the organization will thrive under his leadership.