The Trumpeter Swan Society’s Associate Director, Becky Abel, Receives TogetherGreen Fellowship

TTSS’s Associate Director, Becky Abel

TTSS Board and staff are pleased to report that Associate Director Becky Abel was recently awarded a prestigious TogetherGreen fellowship.

TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, selects 40 high-potential leaders annually to receive a $10,000 Fellows Grant. With the funds, Fellows conduct projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water, or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support launching their conservation initiatives, the Fellows also benefit from specialized training and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals.

“These are heroes. They help people engage with nature. They look like America: diverse, passionate, and patriotic,” said Audubon President David Yarnold. “Becky is a leader, and we’re pleased to give her a chance to invent the future.” Abel’s TogetherGreen project aims to develop guidance documents that outline steps for partnering with electric energy companies across the US to reduce Trumpeter Swan mortality associated with power lines. The TogetherGreen Fellowship Program provides the selected leaders with resources, visibility, and a growing peer network to help them lead communities nationwide to a healthier environmental future.

“Trumpeter Swans offer potential to serve as ambassadors for broad conservation messages related to wetland loss, for responsible stewardship of the earth’s biodiversity, and to highlight threats to migratory birds,” Abel explained. “Unfortunately, human-caused hazards and habitat alteration continue to threaten the species’ long-term security.”

“We want to build partnerships between unlikely allies—conservation groups and electric energy companies,” she added. “In addition to Trumpeter Swans, our work will benefit Tundra Swans, Whooping and Sandhill Cranes, pelicans, and other large, low-flying birds.”

Learn more about Becky’s project on the TogetherGreen website, which describes their mission this way:  “The TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program invests in high-potential leaders, providing them with tools, resources, visibility, and a peer network to help them lead the conservation actions necessary to shape a greener, healthier future.”  The Trumpeter Swan Society applauds Becky for her role in this important project.

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