Tough Conversations: Fires, Floods, and Feathers

Hosted by Alec Bolinsky and Jordan Hitch, Audubon Vermont Environmental Policy Research Interns

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Online Event

Tough Conversations: Fires, Floods, and Feathers

December 02, 2020

Please register in advance via Zoom.
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We are in the midst of a catastrophic change in our world’s ecology and we’re experiencing it at an increasing pace. Bird populations are declining, and important habitats are being destroyed through floods, fires, and other natural and human-made disasters. Join our group of young adult panelists for a discussion on how our world is changing and responding to natural disasters, as well as the COVID pandemic. Discover the millennial generation’s perspective on the current climate and explore what more we can be doing to save our birds and our world.

Recognizing the important role that youth leaders are playing, Audubon Vermont has assembled a group of youth climate leaders to share the challenges of environmental organizing amidst a pandemic. The panel will also discuss parallels between these crises and effective methods of encouraging climate action in our communities.

Please join us in the third of a series of youth-led conversations about significant issues in the environmental movement. Delivered in webinar format, our panelists will share their stories, provide advice, and respond to the audience in a question-answer period. Come prepared to be challenged, informed, and armed with tools to take action.

Please register in advance for the Zoom Webinar: click here

The conversation will also be broadcast via Facebook live on the Audubon Vermont Facebook page: click here 

Even if you cannot attend, please register and we will send you the webinar recording. The conversation will also be available for public viewing on our website and on our Facebook page.  You can view our first two Tough Conversations  online:

Meet your co-hosts and panelists:

Alec Bolinsky(he/him/his): Co-host
Audubon Vermont Environmental Policy Research Intern: Fall 2020


Alec is a 3rd-year environmental law student at Vermont Law School and graduated from Wilkes University with a B.A. in Political Science. Alec joined Audubon Vermont because of its commitment to environmental justice and wildlife conservation. He is inspired to protect and assist those who may be at risk for displacement or becoming a climate refugee due to environmental impacts of climate change. Alec plans to apply his political science background to the environmental policy-based field to build a healthy inclusive future for the citizens of the world. Contact Information:

Jordan Hitch (she/her/hers): Co-host
Audubon Vermont Environmental Policy Research Intern: Fall 2020


Jordan is a 3rd-year Environmental Law and Policy student at Vermont Law School obtaining her Master’s and Juris Doctor degrees. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2017 with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Jordan is currently a policy intern for Audubon VT and hopes to pursue a career involving endangered species protections and wildlife conservation and management. Contact Information:

Tatiana Gladkikh (she/her/hers): Panelist


Tatiana Gladkikh is a PhD candidate in Natural Resources at the Rubenstein School, University of Vermont. She studies human-nature interactions with the focus on environmental values and stewardship. She believes in applied research and collaborates with numerous organizations to ensure her work has land management and policy applications. Contact Information:

Steffanie Munguía (she/her/hers): Panelist


Steffanie Munguía is the Pan-Flyway Regional Director on the Board of the National Audubon Society, and a lifelong conservationist. As a doctoral student, she studies how policies and communities interact to manage coastal wetland resources in the Caribbean, critical stopover sites for migratory birds and a key component in building climate resilience. She attributes her environmental ethos to her Latina roots and family that encouraged her to explore nature from an early age and invite others to join her on this journey. Contact Information:

Brian Cammarano (he/him/his): Panelist


Brian Cammarano has a degree in Ecology, Evolutionary & Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida. This summer, he was the Lee County Anchor Steward for Audubon Florida where he monitored beach-nesting birds and conducted non-breeding surveys for migratory shorebirds moving through Southwest Florida. Brian also helps band migratory passerines at the Cape Florida Banding Station in Key Biscayne. Contact Information:

Mitul Patel (he/him/his): Panelist


Mitul Patel is the Senior Managing Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. He is currently a third-year student, with a joint Master’s in Energy Regulation and Law. Before this, he attended University of Maryland, College Park where he obtained his degree in Environmental Science and Technology. There, as a researcher, his work focused on ecological design and conservation policy. Now at VLS, he participates in multiple affinity groups, has worked as a student clinician at the Energy Clinic, has researched various energy and climate topics, and is currently working as a student delegate to the 26th Conference of Parties for the UNFCCC, specifically looking at the ocean-climate nexus. Contact Information:

Pedro Herndández (he/him/his): Panelist


Pedro Hernandez is the Outreach and Engagement Manager for Climate Policies with Audubon California. Based in Fresno, he works to advance climate resilience policy from the local to federal level for historically marginalized communities and wildlife. Prior to his career at Audubon California, Pedro worked for several leading environmental justice organizations in California’s San Joaquin Valley and has served as the Chair of the History Department at his alma mater, Laton High School. Contact Information:

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