Craig Thompson retiring from Five Rivers - potluck on June 6


It is with very mixed feelings that I share the news that Craig Thompson will soon be retiring from DEC as Director of the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. Five Rivers has been the "home" of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for several decades and we've been proud to associate with a series of great directors - first Bob Budliger, then Alan Mapes, and, for the past 18 years, Craig Thompson. Bob and Alan's reputation as top field birders preceded them, while Craig, always modest, proclaims himself an eternal beginner. Nothing can be further from the truth! In his 18 years as Director, Craig substantively and effectively welcomed the birding community to Five Rivers, and through his hundreds of bird walks, enthusiastic modesty, incredible speaking, leadership, and writing ability, has furthered the environmental literacy of the adults and young people of the Capital Region beyond measure. From eternally popular New Year's Day counts to December Owl prowls, Craig filled each year with activities that have made all of us better naturalists and better stewards of this earth. It is an honor to know him. - Scott Stoner

And, you are all welcome to celebrate his service at Five Rivers on June 6; details are below.

The Friends of Five Rivers and the NYS DEC invite you to participate in a pot-luck dinner to celebrate Craig Thompson, Five Rivers Center Director's 35 years of service and 18 years as Center Director.

The pot-luck dinner will be held outside at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar on June 6th from 5 pm to 7 pm.

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