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November 29, 2010

Contact: Gerianne Smart
gsmart@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 125

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center’s Conservation Education Specialist,
Bridget Butler posts first broadcast as WPTZ’s Conservation Correspondent

BURLINGTON, VT—WPTZ and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center announce the launch of a major new partnership to explore important and timely environmental issues confronting the community.

Bridget Butler, ECHO’s Conservation Education Specialist, will serve as a regular environmental reporter for WPTZ.

“This was a natural fit for us” says Sinan Sadar, WPTZ’s news director. “Bridget has extraordinary talent through the broadcast medium and our audience is hungry for information on issues that affect their environment, from our Lake to our forests, streams and rural/urban areas. Adding Bridget to our list of expert correspondents further solidifies our partnership with ECHO Lake Aquarium and our support of the good work they do there.”

Phelan Fretz, ECHO’s Executive Director, supports Mr. Sadar’s comments and adds “Bridget continues to be an incredible asset to ECHO’s educational programming. Her knowledge of wildlife and natural history is extensive. In fact Bridget was one of the first National Audubon Certified Teacher/Naturalists in the country. Our goal is to share her extraordinary natural history knowledge with the community to help us all become better stewards of our environment”.

As her first assignment, Ms. Butler will be covering the release of the 2010 revision of the “Opportunities for Action” plan at the Lake Champlain Basin Program offices in Grand Isle. The event will bring Governor Jim Douglas, officials from New York and representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together. “This is the perfect ‘first assignment’ for me”, according to Ms. Butler. “The road map outlined in the Opportunities for Action plan calls for greater involvement from the public through individual and collective behavior change. I look forward to highlighting how each of us has the ability to be a part of the solution when it comes to improving the health of Lake Champlain”.

Ms. Butler’s first segment will air during WPTZ’s Channel 5 evening news on Tuesday, November 30th.

Known as the “bird diva”, Bridget Butler has been a teacher/naturalist for more than 15 years working throughout New England. She came to ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center more than a year ago as an educator and manager for the Voice for the Lake program (www.voicesforthelake.org).

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.




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