Your gift will support Audubon Pennsylvania’s conservation programs that reach under-served students throughout the state. Not only will this event provide students opportunities to connect them with birds and nature, but it was also a lot of fun as you can see here in the gallery of photos!
We wanted to share Penny’s speech with you:
“Mill Grove is a place that John James Audubon's stepfather invested in as a potential lead mine. We can be thankful that Audubon got side-tracked into painting birds here instead of digging a mine! Let's raise a glass to him!”
What a speech and what a legend. We also wanted to share an excerpt from Ann’s speech:
“Emily Dickinson wrote, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all.’ Together we are making sure that our birds continue to sing and when you next hear them chirping, stop and listen. Because it is their way of saying thank you.”
Thank you again for your support. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Speech by Penny Wilson:
May 17, 2018
I am honored to be recognized for supporting an organization in which I see so much value. Mill Grove represents a sanctuary set aside where nature can flourish in the midst of a very busy metropolis. How wonderful to find a slice of peacefulness not far from the traffic of 76!
We owe much of this treasured place to the inspirations of John James Audubon, although it turns out he was a distracted young man!
Mill Grove is a place that John James Audubon’s stepfather invested in as a potential lead mine. We can be thankful that Audubon got side tracked into painting birds here instead of digging a mine! Let’s raise a glass to him!
Today, I have brought with me a gift with history behind it. “The Threatened Swan” was painted in 1650 by Jan Asselijn and is placed in the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands. It depicts a frantic swan mother protecting her nest from an encroaching dog. The drama of the moment is easily recognized as well as the emotion. While intended as a political statement by the artist, I thought this to be quite appropriate for this bird haven tucked away here in Pennsylvania. Let’s all help this bird stay safe!
Thank you again.