Otter Creek Audubon Society hosted the Vermont Audubon Chapter Assembly on Saturday, April 14 here in Middlebury.  Delegates from Rutland County Audubon, Ascutney Audubon, Green Mountain Audubon, and Northeast Kingdom Audubon all made the trek to Middlebury.  Ideas were passed back and forth during chapter sharing.  That is a very fertile time for idea generation at our assemblies.  Policy issues addressed included: new federal wind guidelines and follow up on the topic of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Vermont rivers.  There will be an informational day on Vermont river management issues hosted by the Vermont Natural Resources Council on May 16th in Montpelier (link).  Doug Parker of Audubon Vermont explained that our the new National Audubon Society strategic plan is borrowing heavily on the work of Audubon Vermont on management for forest and shrubland habitat for birds.  We adjoined at noon and headed out to Wright Park for a lovely walk together, following the route and informational poem of the Quest.

– Barbara Otsuka