Our Founder

About Lynne Frink

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Founder and President (1976 – 1998)

photo_lynne_frinkLynne’s activism started while she was in Texas in 1970. She was active in efforts to halt poisoning of coyotes on publicly owned lands, to save Big Thicket National Preserve and have Sydney Island set aside as an Audubon Sanctuary for Roseate Spoonbills.

For more than a quarter century, Lynne Frink served as a catalyst for change in the way people perceive and act towards the environment and wildlife. A vocal and compassionate force for the protection of wildlife, Lynne’s leadership was legendary by the time she passed away.

In 1975, Lynne and John Frink returned to Delaware where she was instrumental in founding the Delaware Audubon Society and served as its president. In 1976, following the last of a series of five oil spills on the Delaware River where thousands of animals died, Lynne founded Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research to explore the effects of oil on wildlife and to develop research and treatment procedures. She vowed to never let this tragedy happen again. Today, Tri-State Bird Rescue operates a federally licensed, non-profit avian rehabilitation clinic which cares for 3,000 injured and orphaned native birds annually, and also staffs a professional 24-hour oil spill response management team. Lynne’s leadership, scholarship and service to her life’s cause have earned her world-wide recognition and helped make Tri-State what it is today. We will forever remain grateful to Lynne for her vision, guidance and compassion that have enabled us to save tens of thousands of birds.

In January 1998, Lynne lost a five-month battle with cancer. Tri-State remains committed to carrying on Lynne’s work, making a difference to wildlife and the community.

Lynne S. Frink, Environmentalist, 1946-1998

“I don’t think I ever thought of the natural world in terms of a vocation; it was simply a necessary part of my life, like the air I breathe. I am a living part of the world around me, and I feel a bond to every living creature I have the joy of seeing. My work and goals are not conscious choices; they are an ethical and moral part of my being. It seems to me that it is a great privilege for us to be allowed to live in a world so rich and vital, and so full of beauty. There’s not a sunset or a spring violet or a maple tree in autumn that doesn’t renew my spirit, and any small thing I can do to repay the natural world for these gifts, I do with joy.”
- Lynne Frink, Audubon Journal Delaware Audubon Society; June 1985

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