On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, New York City Audubon honored George J. Mullen, Jr., Peter Joost, and Maria Torres.
Mr. Mullen, the senior consultant, trust marketing, at Fiduciary Trust Company International and a long-time advisor of New York City Audubon, passed away in September 2011. He was a founding member of the Bird-Safe Glass Foundation, former president of New Jersey Audubon, a board member and life trustee of the Manomet Center for Conservation, and a regular Central Park birder.
Mr. Joost, beloved educator at New York's St. Bernard's School and a New York City Audubon board member for two decades, has worked tirelessly to protect birds and the environment in New York as well as in Ecuador by engaging birders of all ages through his writing and teaching.
Ms. Torres is president and chief operations officer as well as founder of The Point Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth development and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Ms. Torres was instrumental in ensuring that the Parks & Recreation Department acquire South Brother Island, one of the city's largest heron nesting colonies and the last to be acquired as a sanctuary for birds.
Photos from October 18, 2011
Honoring Peter Joost, George J. Mullen Jr., and Maria Torres
Photos from October 19, 2010
Honoring Beryl Thurman, Henry Christensen III, and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers