Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Dwight DeMay Dwight is a landscape architect and planner with over 20 years’ experience working with large-scale landowners on master planning, conservation-based and community design projects in all regions of the United States and abroad. He is a principal at Hart Howerton and leads the firm’s Boston office. Hart Howerton is a team of strategic planners, architects, landscape architects, and interior designers with a global practice headquartered in New York and San Francisco. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Magna Cum Laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In addition, Dwight has been the lead instructor for the Community Master Planning course at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education program. Dwight has been a Manomet Councilor since 2012 and currently serves on the Audit Committee. His wife, Janne Corneil, is also a Manomet Councilor. When away from the office, Dwight can be found with Janne and their 14-year-old son restoring their house on the Maine coast. Dan Sarles Dan Sarles has served as Executive Director of the Eaglemere Foundation since April 2013. In this role he manages foundation strategy and operations as well as directing the funding of conservation and development-targeted charities such as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Oxfam, MSF, and many others. Dan also serves as a Managing Member of Sarles Family Investments LLC, a private equity focused entity. He has a career background in sustainability, entrepreneurial operations, and market research. He holds an MS in Environmental Management & Sustainability from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA from University of Texas-Austin, and a BA from Princeton. A native New Englander, Dan currently lives in Boston but travels frequently for work and play. Meet our new Board of Trustees members and monitor shorebirds in Louisiana! Another participant had seen shore- birds using his wetland, but our time in the field together was his first time to get a good look at one up close. I remember when he got a nice look at a Least Sandpiper. At the workshop, he learned about where the birds head to in the summer. He also learned about the role his wetland plays in the flyway. He emailed me after the workshop to tell me that he was shocked at how beautiful shorebirds were up close in the scope, and to tell me that he was committed to providing a place for them on his wetland. In the next five years what do you envision is possible for shorebird recovery? I am optimistic about what’s possible for shorebird recovery in the next five years, and beyond. Through our workshops, we’ve engaged and connected over 340 people from nine countries, including 21 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces. These people represent habitats in all of the Flyways of the Americas. Once the workshops are over, we keep building on the relationships we’ve devel- oped so that we have a growing network of shorebird habitat managers. Where there are challenges, we work to find win-win solutions. Where information is lacking, we share and exchange knowledge so we can find answers together. This is how we inspire action that can lead to long term change to benefit shorebirds. The challenges for shorebird recovery are great, but the pillars of our con- servation program and its efforts are strong. By building this vast network of people, we’re making a real difference for shorebird conservation. How is your conservation work funded? We’re really fortunate to receive support through federal grants, private foundations, individual donors, and fellowships through the Manomet Endowment. Our individual donor support is crucial because it can often be used with federal funds that require a one-to-one match. Every dollar makes its way to effective shorebird conservation efforts. Is there anything else you would like to share? The challenges facing shorebird populations today can feel overwhelming. With so many daunting hurdles for these birds, what can one person do to help? It can leave you thinking that there is too much to be done. It can feel impossible. This is far from the truth. Getting outside and getting to know the birds and other wildlife that use nearby beaches or your local wetland can be a first step. Introducing kids to birds will help them grow up to appre- ciate the sounds of sandpipers overhead, help them connect to the cycles and seasons of migration, and can help build the culture of supporters that it will take to protect these birds. There are some easy actions you can take to make the wetlands and beaches more safe for birds: Don’t let your dog run loose, don’t drive on the beach, obey sanctuary and refuge signs, pick up loose trash, keep your cat indoors, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. These easy-to-do actions contribute to shorebird conservation. It takes a community! Manomet Partnerships for Sustainability • Fall / Winter 2016-17 | 11