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David J. Miller '81, executive director of Audubon New York has been presented with the National Audubon Society's highest award for excellence, the Charles H. Callison Award, at a national meeting in Vail, Colorado, in May.

The award is given annually to an Audubon professional "who has made remarkable contributions to conservation through creativity, coalition-building outreach, perseverance, patience and a positive attitude." Having served with the National Audubon Society since 1988, Miller was nominated for this prestigious award by the Board of Directors of Audubon New York and the Audubon Council of New York State.

Miller earned his St. Lawrence degree in environmental studies/economics and has been active as an alumnus, in career advising and as a Reunion planner.

"David is a bright and articulate leader who has an incredible grasp of the Audubon mission and is tireless and focused on achieving its goals and objectives," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, a noted environmental attorney, chairman of the Audubon New York Board and a member of the National Audubon Society's Board of Directors.

Miller serves on dozens of boards and commissions at every level of government and is actively engaged in his community. He serves on Saratoga County's Land Preservation Committee and is Co-chair of the Town of Clifton Park's Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee. He is executive vice president to the Clifton Park Baseball League and is on the Board of Trustees of his church.

The award was presented by John Flicker, president of the National Audubon Society and Carole Browner, chair of its Board of Directors. It was inscribed "In recognition of his dedicated service and his major contributions to the goals of Audubon for close to 18 years, including his wise leadership of Audubon New York; developing the state program into a regional model for education, conservation and citizen science; his extensive contributions and dedicated collaboration on Long Island Sound and the Great Lakes; his strong belief in and support for the Audubon Chapter network; and his passionate commitment to the cause of conservation locally and throughout the hemisphere."

Posted: June 1, 2006

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