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Annual Banquet: Connecting local work to international conservation of threatened species

December 3, 2015, 5:30 pm9:00 pm


Walker Golder is the Diane and Tram Sessions Speaker at the 69th Birmingham Audubon Annual Banquet sponsored by ProtectivWalker Goldere Life Corporation on December 3, 2015 . Through “Sharing our Seas and Shores in the Atlantic Flyway: A Model for Flyway Scale Bird Conservation,” Golder will illustrate bird conservation at the broader flyway scale and throughout the entire annual cycle of breeding, migration and wintering.

Walker Golder is a biologist known and respected for his work to conserve breeding waterbirds as National Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway Coastal Leader. Under Golder’s management since 1989, Audubon’s North Carolina Coastal Islands Sanctuary System has grown to 21 sanctuaries that protect more than 25,000 nesting pairs of waterbirds and shorebirds, representing 35 percent of North Carolina’s waterbird population including some of the state’s most imperiled species.

Piping Plover-Greg Harber
Piping Plover, photo by Greg Harber

Golder, Deputy Director of Audubon North Carolina, is co-leader of the Audubon team that discovered new wintering grounds for piping plovers in The Bahamas, an endangered and threatened species that nests on coastal beaches and barrier islands in the U.S. That discovery led to an international conservation partnership contributing to the August 2015 decision by the Bahamian government to establish the 114-acre Joulter Cays National Park. Knowing where the wintering areas are for endangered species is essential to Audubon’s full life cycle conservation. Joulter Cays is critical wintering habitat for 13 shorebird species. Learn more about this work at audubon.org.

A native North Carolinian, Golder has devoted his 27-year career with Audubon to the protection of all birds, and particularly shorebirds in his home state and across the Atlantic Flyway.  He launched North Carolina’s Important Bird Areas program, and served leadership roles in the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative, American Oystercatcher Conservation Initiative, South Carolina Shorebird Project, and development of the Southeast Waterbird Conservation Plan.

Walker received Audubon’s Callison Award in 2013

Golder, an accomplished photographer, received Audubon’s Charles H. Callison Professional Award in 2013, a peer nomination for staff who have made significant contributions to conservation through coalition building, creative thinking and perseverance.  He is a leader in the Audubon Sharing Our Seas and Shores conservation strategy that focuses on stewardship of coastal birds challenged by sea level rise and development.  Birmingham Audubon, in partnership with Mobile Bay Audubon, manages the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey and promotes stewardship along Alabama’s coast as part of this conservation strategy.

Birmingham Audubon annually invites conservation leaders to share their work and message as the Diane and Tram Sessions Speaker, a lecture honoring the late members of the organization devoted to the conservation and appreciation of birds.

The 69th Annual Banquet begins at 5:30 with cocktails and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Protective Life Corporation, Grand Bay Dining Room.  Meal cost is $42.00 per person.  Detailed information on location provided when registration is complete.

Online registration for this event is closed. For additional information, contact Birmingham Audubon at 205-719-3678.

Can’t attend but would like to support the work of Birmingham Audubon? 

Contact :       Suzanne Langley, Executive Director, 205-719-3678 or suzannelangley@alaudubon.org


December 3, 2015
5:30 pm–9:00 pm


Protective Life Corporation
2801 Highway 280 South
Birmingham, AL United States
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