A Great Loss for Hernando Audubon and Conservation
It is with deep sadness that we report that Hernando Audubon Society President Mary Dowdell passed away on October 1 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was a longtime and dedicated advocate for all wildlife, but especially for birds and their habitats. When living in New England, she worked with renowned naturalist, ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Peterson. After moving to Florida and then joining Hernando Audubon, she inspired all of us with her commitment, dedication and passion. She wanted Hernando Audubon to be the best it could possibly be in fulfillment of its mission and served three full terms as president of the society. For many years she worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to help expand the population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. This past summer, although ill, she arranged for all of the programs and field trips for Hernando Audubon's 2018-2019 season.

James Dowdell, Mary's husband is inviting you to the Celebration of Life this Sunday, October 7, at 3 p.m. at Tillis Hill Dining Hall.

Mary's wish was that any donations in her memory be made to the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (www.arcinst.org), an organization she long supported and which honors her spirit of science and conservation.

Directions:

From the East: 3.7 miles west of CR 581 (Pleasant Grove Road), on CR 480 or East Stage Coach Trail, turn N (right) at Withlacoochee Citrus Tract sign by the mailbox for 915 East Stage Coach Trail and travel 1.7 miles to Tillis Hill sign, turn right and go up the hill 0.2 mile and the Dining Hall is the biggest building.

From the West: 2 miles east from CR 491 (Lecanto Hwy) on CR 581, on CR 480 or East Stage Coast Trail, turn N (left) at Withlacoochee Citrus Tract sign by the mailbox for 915 East Stage Coach Trail and travel 1.7 miles to Tillis Hill sign, turn right and go up the hill 0.2 mile and the Dining Hall is the biggest building.
Above
(Top) Mary (left) with Annie Schmidt looking for House Sparrows at Lowe's in Brooksville during the Big Day/Birdathon this past February.
Photo by Kristin Wood.

Kim Wollam (left) with Mary and James this past summer.
Photo by Sheila Wollam.

Left
Mary, with Hernando Audubon members and friends, at Florida Audubon's Ahhochee Hill Sanctuary, cleaning Bluebird boxes on February 7, 2018.
Photo by Rey Wells.

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