Date: 12/30/20 12:18 pm
From: <hiker......> <hikerhodges...>
Subject: [cobirds] A special thanks

As we approach January, and the final decisions affecting the fate of Chico
Basin Ranch (El Paso and Pueblo counties) loom large, I'd like to take a
moment to thank all of you who've taken part in this endeavor.

Most of Aiken Audubon's energy this year has been spent working on
protecting this remarkable and highly biodiverse 87,000-acre property,
which has recorded some 345 bird species over the years. Our concern for
the ranch has led to new and stronger connections and partnerships with
many birding groups and environmental organizations in the state, which we
value greatly. And while many organizations have signed on to our letters,
DFO and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program stand out as having gone
above and beyond to offer support, as have many individuals from all over
the state. We are most thankful to you all.

As a reminder, your attention and comments will still be needed, and you'll
be hearing from me in another week or so, but in the meantime, all of us at
Aiken offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has played a
role, large or small, in this process.

It is this kind of coming together for the greater good that brings me
great hope for the future of bird preservation and land conservation.

With gratitude, and wishes for a new and improved 2021,


Linda Hodges
Conservation Chair
Aiken Audubon

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