Audubon Connecticut\u2019s annual Environmental Leadership Awards benefit, Experience Nature! will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 6-11 p.m., at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich. Audubon Connecticut will honor the following champions of conservation and the environment: Gina McCarthy, current administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be honored with the prestigious Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Award Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist, will receive the Katie O\u2019Brien Lifetime Achievement Award Lesley and Bill King of Back 40 Farm Group, business owners and advocates of the organic food movement, will be recipients of the Audubon Connecticut Corporate Award. This year\u2019s honorees will join the ranks of previous environmental leaders including the Gregory Family, former New York Governor George E. Pataki, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Dan W. Lufkin, David Ogilvy, Jayni Chase, Eaddo Kiernan, JP Morgan Chase, and many more. This benefit is held each spring to honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to our environment. \u201cIt is a privilege for us to honor Gina McCarthy, Melissa Groo, and Lesley and Bill King, during our April 12, 2017 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner. In their own way, each of them are conservation heroes, supporting the work we do at Audubon Connecticut to preserve the beauty of our local environment and encourage the next generation to get outdoors, to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife, and to inspire a conservation ethic for years to come,\u201d said Stewart Hudson, executive director of Audubon Connecticut. Guests may enjoy sunset views of Captain Harbor and specialty cocktails, while perusing the pop up art gallery with prints from honoree and wildlife photographer, Melissa Groo. Birds, owls and bees also will be on site. There will be a dinner of locally inspired fare. The event also features auctioneer George McNeely. Tickets go on sale in January. For more information, visit AudubonCT.org or contact Event Manager, Beth Bobek, 203-524-4889, firstname.lastname@example.org. Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society with more than 9,000 members in the state, works to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through education, research, conservation, and legislative advocacy for the benefit of humanity and the earth\u2019s biological diversity. Through our network of nature centers, protected wildlife sanctuaries, and local, volunteer Chapters, we seek to connect people with nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists. Learn more at AudubonCT.org.