The year 2012 will be one to remember at the Connecticut Audubon Society for many successes, despite the disruption and loss brought by storms. Last year we enthusiastically experienced record-high numbers of campers in our hands-on, inquiry- and science-based summer camp. We effectively launched our new Science in Nature program and embraced our third annual Birds in their Habitat Art Exhibit with tremendous volunteer and community wide support. And progress continued to be made on restoring our historical Birdcraft Museum.
Two other things will also stand out as highlights in 2012: The generosity of our donors and the support we received from so many residents and organizations throughout the region. Thanks to the philanthropic generosity of our donors, we were able to provide outdoor environmental education programs to inner-city students who could otherwise not afford to visit our sanctuaries. The support exhibited by all those who walked our trails and the thousands of school children, community groups and families who participated in our programs reaffirms our mission.
Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on much of our community as it did to our sanctuaries. Despite the damage, we are as committed as ever to bringing our community members a superlative outdoor environmental experience. The storms have made it more challenging, but that's only made us more determined. Trail restoration began the minute risks subsided, and it will end with a better Connecticut Audubon Society.
Stay tuned and thank you for your support and patience.
Director, Fairfield operations
Connecticut Audubon Society