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Sociedad Audubon de México honors Linda Whynman at Birds of a Feather Gala

By Alexis White

Linda Whynman

Plenty of plumage will be showing when the Sociedad Audubon de México pays tribute to Linda Whynman at its Birds of a Feather Gala on Thursday, July 24. A benefit to help launch Audubon’s Kids + Nature Program, the event will be held at Jardines de Matilda, Pila Seca 36, and gets underway at 7:30pm.

Benefit Dinner Dance
Sociedad Audubon de México honors Linda Whynman at Birds of a Feather Gala
To benefit New Kids + Nature Program
Thu, Jul 24, 7:30pm
Jardines de Matilda
Pila Seca 36
Individual tickets at 850 pesos or US$70,
and Legacy Tickets at 3,000 pesos or US$240
Contact: Alexis White (tel: 154-8627,

The Gala will feature catering by Dos Suecos and music (and dancing) headlined by Johnny Favourite, a Canadian vocalist and band leader who traded his performing and recording career for San Miguel de Allende, where he opened La Noche Piano Bar. In keeping with the evening’s theme, guests are encouraged to wear their feathers in any way imaginable. Even beaks are welcome, as prizes will be awarded for creativity.

Birds of a Feather will be limited to 200 guests, and tickets come in three categories: Individual tickets at 850 pesos or US$70, legacy tickets at 3,000 pesos or US$240, and reserved tables for eight at 6,800 pesos or US$560. Legacy ticket purchases, which go to Audubon’s Environmental Legacy Fund, entitle the purchaser to two Gala tickets, special Gala seating, Legacy recognition in the Gala program, Audubon family membership benefits for one year, and a commemorative gift. Individual and Legacy tickets can be purchased at Camino Silvestre’s two locations, Zacateros 46 and Correo 43, and at La Noche Piano Bar, Mesones 101. All three categories of tickets can be purchased by credit card at the society’s website

The centerpiece of the evening will be a tribute to Whynman, president emeritus of Audubon, in recognition of her contributions to the Sociedad and the San Miguel community during her seven years as president of the organization.

Linda Whynman and her husband, Saul, are outdoor enthusiasts from New York. They turned to Audubon when they came to San Miguel because the organization sponsored hiking and birding activities. It was not very long before Whynman was asked to join the Audubon board, and ultimately to become its president.

Under Whynman’s leadership, Audubon moved into the 21st century technological age with the launch of its website, the development of an effective database, and the creation of a Facebook page

Audubon’s recreational tours were refocused and Audubon EcoJourneys were introduced. Run by Rodrigo Lopez Valdes and Colleen Besman, these small group tours offer trips all over Mexico that combine nature and culture. Under Whynman’s guidance, Audubon also facilitated the individual purchase of kayaks for birding and exploring the Presa and the Río Laja. This has brought greater awareness of the region’s natural resources and habitats.

Audubon’s Environmental Grant Program was created under Whynman’s watch. It has provided more than 250,000 pesos

in financial support to innovative local projects such as the Community Water Action Plan, the iCatis Mexican Water Filtration Program, the PEASMA Environmental Education Program and the Colectivo de Apicultura de San Miguel.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit Audubon’s new Kids + Nature Program, which connects children and their families with nature through learning, play, and environmental service, and helps them discover the pathways to a sustainable future for themselves and generations to come. “Kids + Nature is Audubon’s golden opportunity to reach out to San Miguel’s youngsters and instill in them the need to protect and appreciate nature and the environment,” Whynman said. “I am honored to be recognized by Audubon and deeply touched that the Birds of a Feather Gala will benefit our community’s children.”


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