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The Audubon Sanctuaries of the Hudson Valley with Scott Silver and Dave Decker
March 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Hudson Valley is home to four different Audubon sanctuaries. Join us online on Sunday, March 6th at 4 pm for a discussion with Director Scott Silver and Land Stewart Dave Decker on their challenges and triumphs managing these beautiful places. Learn about their work at the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, the Rheinstrom Hill Sanctuary in Columbia County, the Buttercup Farm sanctuary in Northeaster Dutchess, and the RamsHorn-Livingston sanctuary in Catskill.
Scott Silver is the Director of the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary. He assumed the responsibilities of stewarding the Marsh in June of 2019. Previous to this, he was the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo and had worked for WCS for over 35 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in zoology from the State University of New York at Oswego. He earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in Biology from Fordham University. In addition to his responsibilities at the Zoo, Scott has conducted research focused on everything from Jaguars and Howler monkeys in Latin America to Cottontail rabbits and Butterflies in upstate New York and has lived in Garrison, NY since 2002. He has served on the board of the local Audubon Chapter since 2010.
David Decker has a B.S. in biology from Siena College and has been working with invasive species and conducting habitat restoration for over 10 years. His work in conservation began as he traveled around the country working in different ecosystems learning how to employ a wide variety of habitat restoration techniques. These locations included The National Park Service in Alaska and Audubon California. David joined Audubon New York in 2012 and works to create valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife at Audubon NY’s four Hudson Valley Sanctuaries. He is a member of the New York Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee, as well as a partner in both the Lower Hudson and Capitol/Mohawk PRISMs.
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