Today comes word that long-time Audubon president John Flicker has resigned, and my friend Frank Gill will be the new head there, at least temporarily. This is really great news for birds, and marks the first time in decades that a real bird expert has headed up Audubon.
Frank Gill is one of the most respected ornithologists in the world, and I'm happy to have known him since I moved out here to work in the Audubon Science office he headed up. Though he "retired" from Audubon right before I came on board "his" office, he was always around and the Science staff would have an annual dinner at his house after one of our quarterly staff meetings. A couple years ago I traveled with Frank to the Upper Texas Coast to show off the great Texas birds to some friends of Audubon, and we had a fantastic time.
A great guy, a real bird expert, and top birder this is going to be great for Audubon. Let's hope it lasts, as it's the best news I've heard out of Audubon in a long, long time!
Here's John Flicker's resignation statement.