Participate in Delaware Audubon Conservation Award Gala Dec. 3rd in Wilmington

The Delaware Audubon Society has been active in environmental advocacy in Delaware for many years.

Green Delaware has often worked closely with Delaware Audubon.  It’s our impression that Delaware Audubon is largely independent of the National Audubon Society and makes its own  decisions.

Delaware Audubon has given an annual Conservation Award since 1984.  The list of  past recipients .

On December 3rd, 2016, Delaware Audubon is giving it’s annual award to John Flaherty.  This, in our opinion, is very well deserved.

Our planet, the United States of America, and Delaware face an appalling political and governmental crisis, surely one of the most serious in our history.  Everything that advocates for the environment, for peace and justice, for democracy itself … will be under attack in the coming year.

Climate change, as I keep writing, threatens the very existence of Delaware.

There has never been a time when supporting for-real environmental organizations has been more important.  By attending this event you can support both the longtime public interest advocacy of John Flaherty and the work of the Delaware Audubon Society.  Do it!

Plus, you get to hear Sin City Band, made up of good musicians who have been playing together for a generation.

Cost is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.

The information below, is from the Delaware Audubon website:  Registration Form.


Happy Heron Hour


Delaware Audubon Society’s 2016 Conservation Award Gala
Honoring John Flaherty
Saturday, December 3, 7 to 10 pm
Location: The Mill, 4th Floor, 1007 North Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Hors d’oeuvres and desserts
  • Cash bar for drinks (beer and wine)
  • Live music by the Sin City Band
  • Silent auction and crafts sale

Register now for Delaware Audubon’s annual social “Happy Heron Hours” on Saturday, December 3 from 7 pm to 10 pm. The social will be held at The Mill, located on the 4th floor at 1007 North Orange Street in Wilmington. Covered parking is available for $5.00 at the Colonial Parking Garage, located at 12th & Orange Streets.

Admission is $30 per person, or $50 for couples. Reservations are required, with a registration deadline of November 28. This will be a fun night out, and a great opportunity to meet and mingle with Audubon members, environmentalists, and nature lovers.

This year we are honoring John Flaherty as our Delaware Audubon Conservation Award winner, for his lifetime of work promoting environmental causes, open government, and other civic issues.

Delaware Audubon President Matt Del Pizzo explained the selection of this year’s honoree:

“John Flaherty has been an effective leader for many causes in Delaware. He started as an aide in Senator Joe Biden’s office, working as a liaison to labor and other civic groups. John worked as a lobbyist over the years for Common Cause, the Sierra Club, the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, and the GreenWatch Institute. He worked hand-in-hand with Delaware Audubon and other environmental groups to get the scrubber towers installed at what is now the Delaware City Refinery. During that time, Delaware Audubon, Green Delaware, and John Flaherty traveled from Salem County, NJ to Washington, DC – and many places in between – to obtain environmental justice. John also worked to keep Delaware hearings open and transparent to the public. We have all benefitted from John’s long, hard-fought efforts. For these reasons we award John Flaherty our 2016 Delaware Audubon Conservation Award.”

Registration form.

Also note:  The Delaware air quality forecast for Saturday, Nov 26, 2016, is not particularly (pun) good.  The PM2.5 forecast for Saturday, November is 50.  Technically, this is Code Green.  Code Yellow begins at 51.

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