(WNY News Now) – Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) annual meeting in Jamestown, N.Y., was a well-attended and joyful event, featuring business updates, delicious food, and entertainment.
Jamestown – The recent annual meeting of the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) was a resounding success, as members, board members, and staff came together to celebrate another year of achievement. Executive Director Leigh Rovegno opened the event, introducing Board Chair Tina Downey, who covered important business matters. This included welcoming new board members Pat Evans, Bob Klebacha, Miles Hilton, and Peter Stark.
Board Treasurer Greg Lyle presented the auditor’s report, ensuring financial transparency. Rovegno expressed gratitude to outgoing board members Tim Piotrowski and Willow Fodor for their dedicated six years of service. The board continues to be composed of committed members, with Tina Downey as chair, along with Louise Boutwell, Dave Burlee, Andrew Harrington, Laurie Korb, Netta Lindell, Dr. Erin Pender, and Dr. Eugenie Poignard.
Rovegno highlighted ACNC’s culture of philanthropy, emphasizing the importance of a genuine connection to nature in the human experience. The meeting also showcased recent capital improvements, made possible by generous donors, including software and hardware upgrades, a preschool play area, A-Frame improvements, and wildlife walk interpretive signage.
Proposed projects for fiscal 2023-2024, such as an onsite medical facility for birds of prey and dual-height mounted binoculars, promise to enhance the center’s offerings. Public Engagement Specialist Jeff Tome discussed the center’s gardens and distinctive species, while Building and Grounds Manager Terry LeBaron shared ACNC’s innovative approach to beaver management.
The gathering concluded on a lighthearted note with a contest to identify animal calls, with winners receiving exciting prizes. The event reaffirmed ACNC’s commitment to nature and its thriving community.