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From our President

Dear Friends of the Cary Institute:

This is my last letter in Ecofocus, as I will be retiring from the Cary Institute this summer. Our seven years in Millbrook have gone incredibly fast, and Lisa and I have certainly enjoyed our time here. Dutchess County is one of the most beautiful landscapes we have visited, and the grounds of the Cary Institute have filled our bird-list each week. I hope that with proper land-use planning this area will remain forever green.

Several people have asked me what I am most proud to have accomplished at the Cary Institute. My favorites are found in our new efforts at public outreach, through the ‘Friday Night at Cary’ lecture series, the Earth Wise segments on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and our Cannoo Hills Creative Arts Residency. All these have allowed us to do a better job translating what we do at Cary—environmental science—to a larger public that needs it. These efforts have been great fun for me, and I thank all that have worked with me to make them happen.

I am also most incredibly proud of our scientific staff, what they accomplish, and the accolades they receive. Just this spring, Jon Cole was elected to the National Academy of Sciences—about the highest honor any scientist can achieve. During the past seven years we've added three new scientists to our ranks: Shannon LaDeau, Emma Rosi-Marshall, and Barbara Han. Each brings an active research program to the Cary Institute that augurs well for our continued future impact.

As we pass from our summer range in Lubec, Maine to our winter range in Durham, North Carolina, Lisa and I hope to make regular stops here in Millbrook, to see old friends and keep my finger on the pulse of Cary Institute activities. You will be in good hands with our new president Josh Ginsberg at the helm, and the best is yet to come.