The National Audubon Society hosted its Annual Gala Dinner last night at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The organization awarded two of the nation’s most prestigious environmental honors: the Audubon Medal and the Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership. Businessman and philanthropist Dan W. Lufkin was awarded the Audubon Medal, and conservationist and former president of The Nature Conservancy Patrick F. Noonan received the $100,000 Lufkin Prize.
Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work, in order to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban.
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