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March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

CAS is a powerful force in the State of CT for conservation, nature-based education, and land preservation -- impacting the lives of thousands of citizens of all ages in very positive ways. There are countless examples.
Personally I think of the six kids I have taken to observe bird banding.
I think of the expressions on their faces as they held a bird and felt it's heart beat -- 2 - 3 times as fast as our own. For several of these kids, the experience changed their lives as it sparked a continuing interest in nature and the out-of-doors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Board meetings, special events, and numerous interactions with staff, other board members, volunteers, and friends.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek additional funding to enable tapping the considerable potential for even further contributions to the State and it's citizens.

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March 30, 2011

I lived on property adajcent to CT Audubons Burr Street Headquarters for fifteen years. My two sons and their friends spent many memorable days at the center and hiking the nature trails. CT Audubon provides the opportunity to relate to the natural enviornment and the importance of preserving and improving it. I was pleased to be invited to join the Board and continue the work of CT Audubon.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Living adjacent to the Fairfield Center and utilizing the facilities

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the acerage to help preserve more land from development

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

In a wink, after being asked to join in 2004, I was consumed by the volunteer spirit and camaraderie of the regional board of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. This group works tirelessly and selflessly to plan and conduct fundraisers - five per year - to support the children's education programs about the natural world that the Center provides. You have but to shadow one class of third graders and to watch the awe and excitement on their faces as they have first-hand experiences with nature, on our field trips or in the classroom, to to understand why your volunteer effort makes a difference and how your investment of time and money reinforces the Society's mission. It is also a joy to watch our after school group of volunteer children learn how to take care of and handle the animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods) at the Center.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... developing a much deeper knowledge of birds and their habitats through the Society's scientific research that is disseminated in the annual Connecticut State of the Birds reports. ... hearing positive feedback from the parents of children, and from adults themselves, who have benefited from our programs and activities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... accelerate the positioning of each of the Society's regional centers by following the Grasslands Center strategy taken at Pomfret. To fund each repositioning, I would seek financial support from some wealthy "angels" - major foundations and donors, who would be willing to make long-term commitments to the Society and its mission.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend of my wife's.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Increase membership and donations to the annual appeal.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Strengthen the education program: broaden its reach and make it profitable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

As a Director for 20 years I had the opportunity of observing what Connecticut Audubon does for the state. CAS's hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff expose children and adults to nature as they likely would never have seen. Programs provide hands-on experience that most schools do not offer. CAS is a complimentary and important counterbalance to the myriad of wonderful sports programs available in most towns. Absent Connecticut Audubon's creative programs many people would simply miss the wonders of nature that are so important to all of us.

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Watching children experience nature "live" for the first time was always a real treat. Knowing that this interaction creates a sense of responsibility and commitment in these young citizens makes everything that Connecticut Audubon does visibly important to the State of Connecticut.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see an expansion of creative technology. This would increase organizational efficiency and reach. Leveraging core competencies would benefit people who have yet to experience Connecticut Audubon's wonderful programs and resources.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

As a former teacher and a lover of nature (especially birds!) I've been involved with CT Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury for nearly 20 years. Not only have I enjoyed thier wonderful events and interesting exhibits but I've been at the Center on many occasions to watch the excitment of the children who have just returned from a class walk through Earl Park or a lesson with the Center's animals. These little inquisitve minds are truly alive; it's as if they can't get enough information.
Over the years I've participated in many birding trips, both day and overnight. I had no idea that I could learn so much about birds and have so much fun. Great organization; great people!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The workshops, birding trips and exhibits have broadened my knowledge and interests.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help provide more Centers throughout the state.

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March 29, 2011

I am a retired board member of the Connecticut Audubon Society who continues to be an active supporter. The dedication and knowledge of the professional staff is amazing -- especially in the way they use that knowledge to educate the public about the serious conservation issues facing Connecticut. Whether it is teaching thousands of school children, or working with the State Legislature to promote science-based conservation legislation, Connecticut Audubon is an invaluable asset to our state.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching school children experience their first hands-on, up-close interaction with nature and the environment. Such experiences as elementary school students will continue to affect their thinking and understanding for a lifetime.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their fundraising so that they would be able to do more --- and to reach more people.

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March 29, 2011

What I find most amazing about Ct. Audubon are the different sanctuaries that represents every type of habitat for birds. There is something for everyone of all ages.

The Annual State of the Birds report is second to none because it educates people on the environmental issues that face our
bird populations here in the State of Connecticut.

The education programs are great especially the Bird Banding at the Birdcraft Museum in Fairfield.

The annual events are fun and affordable. From the Xmas Tea and Adirondack Night to the Annual "Birds in their Habitat" Art Exhibit.

CT. Audubon has really improved it's image in recent years and this organization is well worth supporting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have assisted in all aspects of CT. Audubon from events to board participation. It is my favorite organization in Fairfield because it offers such a diverse opportunity to learn about conservation for birds in their habitat.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would put more money and effort into the building at Burr Street. It is in need of repair. I would also find new volunteers to clean up the walking paths.

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