Audubon, 47 years protecting the environment
By Sandra Ríos and Jesús Ibarra
The Audubon Mexico Society celebrated its 47th Anniversary on July 24 at Jardines de Matilda with the event Birds of a Feather, gala fundraiser to support its commendable work of raising awareness about caring for nature, with a primary focus on birds and also encouraging San Miguel children to appreciate and care for their environment through art projects, excursions to the field and garden creation.
The group gave recognition to Linda Whynman, former President of Audubon, for her seven years of work in this position. As a result of Linda’s leadership, Audubon has had unparalleled achievements. It has become a leading force for the preservation of wildlife habitat and a champion in addressing environmental threats in San Miguel as well as making efforts to help San Miguel become a more sustainable community. Linda decided to step down and has handed over the reins to April Gaydos. As President Emeritus, Linda remains on the Audubon board.
People dressed in feathers and masks enjoyed music and dancing. Several prizes, donated by sponsors, were raffled. After the Whynmans’ initiative of donating 1,000 dollars to Audubon, several other people added their own donations.
Proceeds from the Birds of a Feather gala exceeded Audubon’s fundraising goal, and will help the organization launch its new Kids + Nature program this fall.