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I had the distinct pleasure of working with Frank ...

2010-01-28T21:07:25.535-05:00

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Frank Gill during much of my tenure at Audubon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Audubon really got back to birds during his time as SVP of Science and he really attracted some great talent to the organization.

I wish him much luck in his new role.



Thank you for presenting a fair and balanced pictu...

2010-01-27T18:50:41.374-05:00

Thank you for presenting a fair and balanced picture of the Flicker years, Kenn. I agree that John's vision of Audubon Centers already is having a significant positive impact. Many children are getting direct, hands-on learning experiences out in the natural world because of these centers.

Of course, the goal of establishing 1,000 Audubon Centers by 2020 probably always was an impossible dream, but I think Audubon management put unnecessary roadblocks in the way of achieving a much bigger piece of that dream. I know they wanted to "protect the Audubon brand," which is very valuable and protecting it an important thing to do, but they stifled or refused to participate in local partnerships that could have leveraged all of the same elements that enable the standard model Audubon Center to build a culture of conservation in any given community.

Here in Leavenworth, Washington, we are very proud to have a locally-owned and operated nature center, called Barn Beach Reserve, that started out as an Audubon Center project and still has all of the "Essential Elements of an Audubon Center," except the name. The Reserve is also home to the town's museum and a local arts organization. In a small, rural community like Leavenworth, partnerships like this can be a very important key to becoming sucessful.

To close on a positive note, I agree with Dan Cooper that John will (or at least should) go down in Audubon history as a truly visionary leader. Because of his leadership, there are a whole lot of children in our country who are learning about nature outdoors where they can hear, see, touch and smell it, and that's a very good thing indeed.



Thanks all for the good comments. Eric, I wouldn&#...

2010-01-26T00:23:05.628-05:00

Thanks all for the good comments. Eric, I wouldn't last a day as Audubon president even if they were crazy enough to ask me! Dan Cooper, good to hear from you, I know that you were in the thick of things at Audubon for a while and I certainly agree about John Flicker's smart, quiet style. Tice, thanks for the invitation, we'll take you up on it at some point. I have heard fine things about the Rio Salado center in Phoenix and I think it's fabulous to have an Audubon Center so well situated to educate an urban population .. as you say, thanks to John Flicker's vision. You and your colleagues at Audubon Arizona are accomplishing great things and making the most of that opportunity; here's wishing you continued success.



Thanks Ken for the wonderful insights. We now have...

2010-01-25T14:26:31.866-05:00

Thanks Ken for the wonderful insights. We now have an Audubon Center in central Phoenix thanks to John Flicker's vision and commitment.
Come visit when you next come west to bird SE Arizona.



Wow. Great summary, Kenn. I think John will go do...

2010-01-25T00:27:14.719-05:00

Wow.
Great summary, Kenn. I think John will go down as a truly visionary leader of the organization. During my tenure at NAS (early '00s), one got the distinct impression he was swimming against the tide, in part because of institutional inertia ("but we've always done it THIS way") and partly because of the impossible (if eminently worthy) goal he set for the organization (the centers plan). I for one was inspired by his ability to hear beyond the noise of the squabbles (dues-sharing, Audubon International, etc.), and appreciated his smart, quiet style. Best of luck to him.



And you would not want to be the next Audubon pres...

2010-01-24T16:13:46.945-05:00

And you would not want to be the next Audubon president because...?:-) I agree with Cheryl that it is great to get "inside information." Good point about the online communities, too!



A great post with some great information. Thanks ...

2010-01-24T08:47:43.239-05:00

A great post with some great information. Thanks

dan



Thanks for the update kenn. It is nice to have yo...

2010-01-24T07:21:42.427-05:00

Thanks for the update kenn. It is nice to have your personal take on the news we have been hearing.

We'll hope all the changes come to some greater good. Cheryl