Retiring Board Member, Carole Adams, Recognized For Her Leadership With Audubon

CAdamsWainwrightCarole Adams, a longtime board member of Duval Audubon, was recognized at our monthly program meeting on November 21st, 2016 for her dedication and leadership to our chapter and Audubon’s mission.

Carole’s ‘spark bird’ was a Northern Cardinal which she recorded at the young age of ten while a Junior Audubon member living in Kansas with her grandparents. Fast forward twenty years and she found herself getting serious about birding and Audubon - so serious that she gave up being a passive member and became education chair of her local Audubon chapter in New York. It didn’t end there, however, and she became a board member and served two terms as chapter president. In June 1996 she received the Meritorious Service Award from the Council of New York State and the National Audubon Society.

After taking an early retirement from the New York State Office of Mental Health, she moved to Jacksonville in 1997. Carole says she had no intention of getting actively involved with the local Audubon chapter. She held out for a little over six months! Since that time she has been on the board of Duval Audubon serving in various capacities from Education Chair to President. In addition, she has been a Director on the Audubon of Florida Board.

Carole notes that there have been environmental challenges as well as many rewarding experiences during her years with the Duval Audubon Society. In September, 2003 she was presented the Barbara Stephens Award by the Civic Round Table of Jacksonville in recognition of her valuable contributions to the Jacksonville community. In December, 2009 she was the recipient of the Carol and Bob Grimes Environmental Award. November of 2010 garnered a Presidential Recognition by the National Audubon Society Board of Directors for Outstanding Service and Dedication. She was featured in the April 2009 issue of "Water's Edge" magazine and has given countless workshops. Her “Birding 101” was a popular draw as well as her “Owl Prowls”.

Her citizen science activities included shorebird monitoring. In May 2009 while conducting a routine shorebird survey at Huguenot Memorial Park with Lesley Royce and Doris Leary, she had the most exciting shorebird experience of her life. It was the discovery and identification of a Greater Sand Plover, an Asian bird that somehow made its way to the beach in Jacksonville. The sighting of this vagrant made only the second western hemisphere record and a first for the state of Florida. Birding doesn't get much more exciting and rewarding than that! The moral of this story is keep birding because you never know what you might see!