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Audubon honors Jack Kirkley
Dillon’s Jack Kirkley received the Montana Audubon’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the group’s 2014 Bird Festival in Bozeman, June 7-8. Kirkley was cited by Montana Audubon Executive Director Steve Hoffman who described Kirkley as a man who has given “thousands upon thousands of hours of volunteer time” and decades of commitment to Audubon.
Hoffman noted Kirkley is a long-time member of National Audubon, Pintler Audubon (Dillon), and Montana Audubon, and pointed to Kirkley’s contributions to bird conservation:
A biology professor at The University of Montana Western, where he began teaching in 1985; A researcher of Northern Goshawks in Southwestern Montana and Swainson’s Hawks in southern Mexico; and An active, professional conservation advocate in Southwestern Montana for wilderness, wildlife, and conservation.
Kirley also has had more than 25 years of active service to the Pintler Audubon Chapter, representing the Chapter on Montana Audubon’s Board of Directors. In addition, he has served as president of the Board of Montana Audubon for two years.
Hoffman added that Kirkley has been instrumental in keeping the southwest Montana group, the Pintler Audubon, laive, serving in every capacity through his 25 year association with the group. Kirkley has led the Clark Canyon Christmas Bird Count since at least 1998, has assisted in local bird conservation projects, has been engaged in conservation efforts for Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, and has volunteered as a local tour guide on wilderness walks.
Kirley has been a chapter representative to the Montana Audubon Board of Directors for over 25 years, served as president of the board from 1990-1992, oversaw the hiring of the first Montana Audubon staff person and published the group’s first newsletter.