Next Monday, September 9, will be the next monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird 
Club. Our speaker, Andrew Zepp, will give his presentation "Bird Habitat 
Conservation in the Finger Lakes Region".
 Andrew Zepp is the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  He has 
worked in the land conservation field for more than 25 years and is one of the 
founders of the Land Trust.  After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in 
Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell followed by a brief stint in retail 
marketing, he embarked on a career in land conservation with The Nature 
Conservancy - serving in several land protection and land management positions. 
 During the course of a one-year leave of absence from the Conservancy, he 
secured a Master’s of Professional Studies in Natural Resource Policy 
from Cornell and worked with local conservationists to establish the Finger 
Lakes Land Trust. The Finger Lakes Land Trust is working throughout Tompkins 
County and beyond within a 12-county Finger Lakes Land Trust service area to 
ensure the permanent protection of significant bird habitat.  To date, the 
organization has conserved more than 23,000 acres.  The Land Trust owns and 
manages a network of 30 nature preserves and holds 140 conservation easements 
on land that remains in private ownership.  It also assists other non-profit 
organizations and government conservation agencies in establishing parks and 
establishing public conservation area.  
 
 After working for six years for The Nature Conservancy’s Central & 
Western NY Program, first as Director of Land Protection and then as Associate 
Director, Andy went to Washington, DC to serve for seven years as Vice 
President for Programs for the Land Trust Alliance.  In this capacity, he was 
responsible for the creation of a network of field programs to provide 
increased support for land conservationists across the country.
 
 Andy returned to the Finger Lakes Land Trust in 2003 to serve as its Executive 
Director.  He today oversees a growing non-profit organization that has 
permanently protected more than 22,000 acres of the region’s most 
significant open space lands.  The Land Trust is supported by more than 2,000 
members as well as numerous volunteers and 15 staff. Come learn about efforts 
underway to secure a half dozen Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas as well 
as the Land Trust’s habitat management program that includes the 
restoration of wetlands and the creation and maintenance of grass and shrub 
land habitats.The meeting will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of 
Ornithology. Doors open at 7:00 pm and there will be cookies and conversation 
starting at 7:15. Bird club business begins at 7:30 pm followed by the 
presentation. All are welcome. Members are invited to join Andy for dinner at 
the Sumo Japanese Steak Restaurant (Cayuga Mall on Triphammer Rd.) before the 
meeting at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Colleen Richards at cl...@juno.com  by noon 
Monday so reservations can be made.See you all on Monday.
Colleen RichardsCorresponding SecretaryCayuga Bird Club
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