2012-03-21 / Community

Audubon Dinner On Tap

Will honor Impellittiere and look at falcons

Peregrine Falcon. 
TOM SARROPeregrine Falcon. TOM SARRO

On Saturday, March 31st, the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, at their 11th Annual Dinner, will be honoring Stephanie Impellittiere, Principal of the Garrison Union Free School, for her enthusiastic work, bringing the environmental issues to her students and directly connecting them to nature. Stephanie has a long history of promoting field trips for her students and has supported, from the very outset in 2006, the parent-driven Eco-kids program, all-school recycling and the Wildlife Garden. She has been a primary force in inspiring and organizing School Forest Day, in which all 280 students take a day to celebrate the wonderful Garrison School Forest.
The Dinner will be held at the Highland Lodge of the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring. The Social Hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by a gourmet buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Following the tributes to Stephanie Impellittiere, Tom Sarro, Professor of Biology and Mount Saint Mary College and John Thompson, Director of Conservation Science at Mohonk Preserve's Daniel Smiley Research Center will co-present “From Duck Hawks to Peregrine Falcons.”
Among many other credits, Dr. Sarro's is a Research Associate and member of the Research Committee at the Mohonk Preserve where he coordinates breeding peregrine falcon and fall hawk migration observations. John Thompson performs baseline monitoring of the ecology of the northern Shawangunk Mountains and directs implementation of land management planning to protect and steward the 7,000-acre Mohonk Preserve among his other direct responsibilities. He is also on the Board of the Hudson River Environmental Society. Both gentlemen are on the Board of the John Burroughs Natural History Society.
The community is invited to attend. Tickets are only $35. Space is truly limited, so it is important to make reservations by email: swixblue@verizon.net or call Paul Kuznia at (845) 265-3773 X102.


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