The Audubon Council of Washington (ACOW) is an annual state-wide meeting where members from all Audubon Chapters in Washington gather together for a day information sharing, knowledge gathering, and fellowship.
This year, Audubon Chapters in Washington descended on Bellevue College for an energizing day of networking, education, and conservation conversation. Thank you for your participation and collaborative efforts to make Washington a more sustainable environment for birds and people!
Congratulations to Gretchen Starke, Vancouver Audubon Conservation Chair, on her receipt of the first annual Helen Engle Volunteer of the Year Award!
- As Conservation Chair for more than two decades, led Vancouver Audubon in conservation efforts including the Northwest Forest Plan, the Land and Water Conservation Funds, and Shoreline Master Plans.
- Champion for the mighty Columbia River while working at the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Tireless fighter for the passage of Growth Management Act, wetlands and Critical Area Ordinances in the City of Vancouver and Clark County.
- Along with her husband, led the effort resulting in special designation for the Catherine Creek Recreation Area.
- Activist in formation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
- Chapter volunteer for the Southwest Loop of the Great State Washington Birding Trail.
[doc:162086|link:ACOW 2013 Meeting Summary]