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Audubon Society Celebrates 40th Anniversary

May 17, 2019 GMT

The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society is observing its 40th anniversary as an official chapter of the National Audubon Society. Late in 1979, the then Back Mountain Bird Club was granted a charter by the National Audubon Society, creating the GWVAS as an official Audubon chapter. Over the years, the chapter has awarded scholarships to local naturalists to attend youth nature camps, partnered with private organizations to preserve open space, partnered with local organizations, state and federal agencies, and city and county governments to establish hiking trails and other recreational and educational amenities, and compiled and contributed data through annual bird censuses. The GWVAS will celebrate this milestone anniversary at its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Dallas. Public is welcome. Program will be “Camouflage and Mimicry” by Rick Koval, head naturalist at Skytop Lodge, staff naturalist for WNEP’s PA Outdoor Life, and writer of the weekly Sunday Out & About articles for the Pocono Record. For information, visit www.gwvas.org. There will be a buffet style dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks, cash bar, 50/50 drawing, and GWVAS Marketplace. Cost is $37 for adults and $30 for children 12 and younger. Reservation deadline is Monday, June 3. Make checks payable to GWVAS and mail to: GWVAS Annual Banquet, P.O. Box 535, Dallas, PA. GWVAS board of directors, first row, from left, are Deb Petroski, treasurer; Diane Madle, education chairwoman; Sandy Goodwin, secretary; Bonnie Yuscavage, program chairwoman, and Eleanor Harding, conservation chairwoman. Second row: Bob Houck, Jon Thomas, fundraising chairman; John Jakoby, newsletter editor; John Dickinson, Alan Yuscavage, and Craig Yarrish, vice president. Also participating are Bob Wasilewski, president, and Charlene Wildes, education chairwoman.