Celebrating Three Amazing Board Members

This month, the Travis Audubon Board of Directors celebrated the retirement of three fantastic board members: Clif Ladd, Christy Esmahan, and Carol Ray.

Clif Ladd has served on the board since 2009. He has participated on the Advocacy Committee and Baker and Blair Woods Core Teams, providing expertise as a professional biologist. Clif was instrumental in establishing Baker Sanctuary as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

Christy Esmahan has served on the board since 2019. As chair of the Advocacy Committee, she has been a strong advocate for birds, focusing primarily on preventing building collisions and border wall construction. She also participated in the field trip committee, leading birding walks, the IDEA committee, looking at how to make TAS more open to all birders, and TAS’s book club, Ruffled Feathers. As a native Spanish speaker, she created and taught the nationally-acclaimed Spanish for Birders workshop that was so popular that it required several encore sessions.

Carol Ray has served on the board since 2013, and more recently as the organization’s Treasurer. Her financial expertise as a former CFO has steered Travis Audubon into becoming the financially healthy nonprofit it is today! She is also a regular volunteer for our annual Purple Martin Parties, so if you see her at a party this year, thank her for her service!

We could not do the work we do without the help, time, and commitment of our Board of Directors. We are so grateful for these three, and we won’t say goodbye, just see you later, hopefully out birding!

Photo Credit: Celeste Treadway. Clif, Christy and Carol are each holding a gift from TAS: a watercolor of one of their favorite birds by local artist Emily Galusha. Clif loves Cactus Wrens, Christy loves White (and Brown) Pelicans, and Carol loves hummingbirds of all kinds, including this pair of Rufous Hummingbirds.