Lackawanna Audubon Society hosts 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration


By Joan Mead-Matsui - For Abington Journal



From left are Lackawanna Audubon Society members, Derry and Nancy Bird, La Plume and Bill Speare, president, Glenburn Township, and Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Skinner.


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Tinka Zenke will turn 101-years-old in September. She joined the society in the early 1960’s. ‘My husband was made president and he and John Thomas worked hard and our society grew and grew. Now there are well over 100 people (in this group),’ Zenke said.


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Susan Zenke, left, presented a Golden Eagle Award to Barb Brown.


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Gene Gallagher, left, Clarks Summit, currently society vice president, presents awards to Linda and John La Capra.


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Dr. Jerry Skinner was keynote speaker at the Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

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.”

From left are Lackawanna Audubon Society members, Derry and Nancy Bird, La Plume and Bill Speare, president, Glenburn Township, and Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Skinner.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Audubon-1.jpgFrom left are Lackawanna Audubon Society members, Derry and Nancy Bird, La Plume and Bill Speare, president, Glenburn Township, and Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Skinner. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Tinka Zenke will turn 101-years-old in September. She joined the society in the early 1960’s. ‘My husband was made president and he and John Thomas worked hard and our society grew and grew. Now there are well over 100 people (in this group),’ Zenke said.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Audubon-2.jpgTinka Zenke will turn 101-years-old in September. She joined the society in the early 1960’s. ‘My husband was made president and he and John Thomas worked hard and our society grew and grew. Now there are well over 100 people (in this group),’ Zenke said. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Susan Zenke, left, presented a Golden Eagle Award to Barb Brown.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Audubon-4.jpgSusan Zenke, left, presented a Golden Eagle Award to Barb Brown. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Gene Gallagher, left, Clarks Summit, currently society vice president, presents awards to Linda and John La Capra.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Audubon-5.jpgGene Gallagher, left, Clarks Summit, currently society vice president, presents awards to Linda and John La Capra. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Dr. Jerry Skinner was keynote speaker at the Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Audubon-6.jpgDr. Jerry Skinner was keynote speaker at the Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

By Joan Mead-Matsui

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