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Otter Creek Audubon Society is very sad to hear of the passing of Abbott Fenn who died in his sleep, 3 April 2015, at age 93.

Abbott had long involvement with Audubon at all levels from National to chapter. Decades ago, he led trips for National Audubon at Everglades National Park. Here in Vermont, he was president of OCAS for four years and was president of the Vermont Audubon Council for two. In the late ‘80’s, Abbott  ran, vigorously but unsuccessfully, for the position of regional National Audubon board representative for the northeastern states. Nearly 20 years ago, at the young age of 75, Abby started  and helped run the Vermont Audubon Camp at High Pond in Brandon.

For 40 years, Abby was the Associate Director and co-owner of Keewaydin Camps on Lake Dunmore and spent the rest of his year teaching in private schools in New England.  He co-founded and directed the Keewaydin Environmental Education Center from 1973 until his retirement in 1986.  A life-long birding enthusiast and committed educator, he banded birds with students and campers at the summer camp as well as during the school year and championed for birding instruction at camp right up through last summer.   In the 1980’s, along with the OCAS board, he organized wildlife festivals at Keewaydin, a precursor to Dead Creek Wildlife Day. He received the Vermont State award of the New England Environmental Education Alliance in 1986, the Silver Feather award from OCAS in 1996 (the second year it was awarded) and the Middlebury College Citizen’s Award in 2004.

Audubon has lost a good friend  but we are all the richer for his dedication over the years.

– Warren King

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