|November 29, 2010
Contact: Gerianne Smart
802.864.1848 ext. 125
ECHO Lake Aquarium &
Science Center’s Conservation Education Specialist,
Bridget Butler posts first broadcast as WPTZ’s Conservation
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
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
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.