Southport resident receives CT Audubon volunteer award

The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Southport resident D.G. Warner with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award at its annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 15 in Sherman, Conn. Warner was one of four honorees this year.

Warner joined Connecticut Audubon’s Board of Directors in 2007 and continued through this year, serving as vice chairman, treasurer, and chairman of the investment and finance committees. He also served for more than a decade on the organization’s Fairfield Board of Governors.

“D.G. has served in positions that require daily diligence,” Patrick M. Comins, executive director of Connecticut Audubon, said at the meeting, which was held at the organization’s Deer Pond Farm sanctuary. “It has paid off in recent progress toward financial sustainability. He has brought an outstanding ability to visualize trends and explain them in easily understandable terms.”

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Volunteer Benchmark Award was established in 1993, and is given annually by its Board of Directors to one or more individuals whose volunteer activity has significantly enhanced the organization’s mission.

Each year, at the annual meeting, recipients are presented with a plaque commemorating their dedication to conservation. The other 2017 recipients are Dan Miller of Manchester, Louise Crocco of Milford, and Richard Telford of Pomfret.

In 2007, the award was renamed the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award for a longtime member, donor, board member, and one-time interim president. Engelman epitomized the characteristics of an extraordinary volunteer by helping Connecticut Audubon Society grow both in spirit and as an organization.

The Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats. Founded in 1898, Connecticut Audubon operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Pomfret, Hampton, and Sherman, a center in Old Lyme, and an EcoTravel office in Essex.

Connecticut Audubon also manages 19 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserves 3,300 acres of open space in Connecticut and educates over 200,000 children and adults annually.

D.G. Warner —Photo by Jen Prat Photography

D.G. Warner —Photo by Jen Prat Photography

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