Sinnissippi Audubon Society holds annual meeting

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The Sinnissippi Audubon Society held its annual meeting and dinner at Lino’s restaurant March 21, with some 40 of the Society’s 428 members in attendance.

The Sinnissippi group is one of approximately 500 local chapters in the U.S. affiliated with the National Audubon Society. Sinnissippi President Larry McPheron reviewed plans for the coming year that will include getting more young people involved in the Society. This program is to be initiated this spring.

After a short business meeting, those in attendance were treated to an outstanding slide program of wildlife and wilderness areas in North America by award-winning local photographer David Olson.

The meeting closed with the presentation of two awards to individuals who have done outstanding work fostering conservation and the principles of the Audubon Society. The award for an adult was presented by McPheron to Jamie Johannsen, director of Marketing and Community Relations of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District for her many works in regard to the preserving of our natural heritage.

The second award was for teen-ager Margaret Hoff, a senior at Pecatonica High School. Maggie’s work concerned the ecology of a 90-acre emergent sedge restoration zone, and the effects the raising of the water level would have on this delicate ecosystem. Her project also gained for her the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award. She plans to major in environmental engineering and environmental policy in college.

Anyone interested in joining the local Society and participating in the many and varied activities the members enjoy throughout the year are invited to attend a regular meeting held the third Tuesday of each month at the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Additional information may be obtained by calling Larry McPheron at 978-0251.

Dr. Robert Hedeen is a former resident of Maryland’s eastern shore and resided in the Chicago area from 1960 to 1971. He is a retired professor emeritus of biological sciences in the University of Maryland system. He has published more than 30 scientific papers, has written numerous magazine articles, and is the author of two books on the natural history of the Chesapeake Bay.

From the March 29-April 4, 2006, issue,

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