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Audubon Washington Remembers Helen Engle

Award-winning conservationist dedicated her life advocating for birds and the places they need.

SEATTLE (March 13, 2019)—Earlier this week, Helen Engle, a legendary figure among Washington conservationists, died surrounded by her family and after a lifetime committed to the protection of birds and other wildlife.

“Helen made a difference to generations of people and birds, not just in Washington, but across the entire country,” said Gail Gatton, executive director of Audubon Washington.

“Helen played a key role in starting nearly every chapter in Washington during the past 50 years, establishing Audubon as an effective grassroots leader in conservation. Helen was a fierce advocate for the birds, taking that passion everywhere, from the state capital to the halls of Congress. We will miss her very much.”

Helen Engle served on the board of the National Audubon Society, and she received a lifetime achievement award from Audubon at the 2013 Audubon Convention. Helen’s own chapter, Tahoma Audubon, just celebrated its 50th anniversary in February.

Kind wishes can be sent to Helen’s family care of:

Gretchen Engle

8502 43rd Street West

University Place, WA 98466

The Engle family is planning a public celebration of her life later this spring.

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