DICKSON CITY — More than 80 members and guests gathered to celebrate the Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 30 at Mia Amore Restaurant.
The Lackawanna Audubon Society, originally known as the Scranton Bird Club, was established in 1915 and is based in Lackawanna County in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. Among the programs and educational opportunities its members offer are a series of speaker presentations, Scranton area Christmas Bird Count, the National Audubon Society Spring Migration Count for Lackawanna County, and an annual High Bird Count contest during spring migration.
Derry Bird, of La Plume, was one of the attendees. As a longtime member of the society and a former television reporter, he said his legacy “is to help bring attention to people about the environment through the stories he did.”
“I think just by taking people by the hand and taking them out into the woods, saying this is a certain fern or plant, sometimes I could spark an interest and then they’d continue (to develop a connection with nature),” Bird said. “I’ve been married 55 years and 54 years ago my wife (Nancy Bird) got me interested in birds…”
Bird explained the group offers an opportunity to learn something every day.
“We are associated with this group because we have somebody who knows botany and somebody who knows birds and fish, so we learn something every day,” he said.
The evening included a cash bar and social hour, followed by a Vienna buffet dinner, awards to members for their contributions, business meeting, and a presentation about the pollination of flowers by keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Skinner, professor of biology at Keystone College, La Plume, resident naturalist at Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, and Lackawanna Audubon Society former board member.
Prior to his talk at the celebration event, Skinner said he aims to get younger people involved in caring about nature and the environment.
“We have to talk to the children. We have to get things they want to go to, or in the alternative, we have to convince them what we do is something they should want to go to…,” he said. “If you care about nature and the environment, you have to do more than sit and watch things on the Discovery Channel. You have to get up and do it. Find out what’s going on and take your kids out.”