Each two years on the Audubon conference or management convention, Audubon celebrates excellence amongst its companions and its neighborhood and campus chapter leaders. In November 2023, Interim Vice President for Community Kim Model, Chief Conservation Officer Marshall Johnson, Program Supervisor for Audubon on Campus Gustavo Figueroa, and Senior Vice President for Audubon Americas Aurelio Ramos, offered the next awards to have fun the entire superb work being carried out on behalf of birds and other people.
Dare to Soar! Award
The “Dare to Soar! – Excellent Achievement in Management” award acknowledges an Audubon on Campus pupil chief who portrays each sturdy management traits and keenness in the direction of chook conservation. They function a task mannequin for his or her fellow campus chapter members by volunteering and taking part in campus chapter led occasions, promote their campus chapter throughout their campus neighborhood, and portraying an total constructive perspective.
The recipients of this award are pupil leaders who’ve proven nice management abilities of their campus chapter and likewise served in an advisory position to the Audubon on Campus Program.
The 2023 Dare to Soar! Award goes to:
Samantha Hughes, San Diego Metropolis School Campus Chapter (CA)
Samantha co-led the execution of the campus chapter’s environmental justice summit and proposed the theme of local weather trauma. She additionally works the strengthen her group’s reference to the Kumeyaay tribe.
Madeline Cowen, Bruin Birding Membership, College of California at Los Angeles (CA)
Madeline remained an lively chief even through the pandemic, utilizing the time to re-examine the group’s imaginative and prescient and to regulate choices whereas in-person occasions had been curtailed. In June, she helped arrange the campus chapter’s first bird-themed LGBTQ+ Delight Pageant to have fun, construct neighborhood, and enhance the connection of LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies with birds and the outside.
Kaitlyn Ines, College of Nevada, Las Vegas Campus Chapter (NV)
Kaitlyn has been a stalwart in sustaining the campus chapter’s native plant backyard maintained, together with serving to to arrange in partnership with Audubon workers a weekend-long workshop on native vegetation.
Mary Rudolph, Tiger Audubon, Colorado School (CO)
Mary is a founding father of the Colorado School campus chapter. The group’s actions cowl every part from window collision monitoring to journeys to Nebraska to witness the Sandhill Crane migration. After a two-year hiatus as a result of pandemic, in January took half within the Christmas Fowl Depend. Past her campus chapter, she has been a vocal advocate for Audubon on Campus, serving on its pupil advisory committee and pushing for its Neighborhood City Halls.
Michael Kerrigan, Midlands Fowl Society, College of South Carolina (SC)
Michael performed an vital position as a taking part within the 2022 Fly-In advocacy actions on Capitol Hill, visiting many legislative workplaces to talk up for seabirds. He’s enjoying an lively position recruiting for the 2023 Fly-in, taking time to attach with potential pupil contributors to reply questions and deal with any considerations.
The Raven Award
The “Raven Award – Mentor of the 12 months” award acknowledges a school or workers member at the moment serving as an advisor to a campus chapter or Audubon ambassador. The advisor nominee is somebody who has been a visual and integral half to the success of the campus chapter or Audubon ambassador by offering steady assist and contributing to the expansion and growth of campus chapter or Audubon ambassador.
The 2023 Raven Award goes to:
- Lisa Chaddock, San Diego Metropolis School Campus Chapter (California)
- Jaime L. Baxter-Slye, College of North Texas Fowl Campus Committee (Texas)
Charles H. Callison Volunteer Award
Audubon’s Callison Award yearly acknowledges volunteers, nominated by their friends, who’ve made outstanding contributions to conservation via coalition-building, artistic pondering and perseverance.
The 2023 Callison Volunteer Award goes to:
Stephen Kintner, West Volusia Audubon Society (FL)
Stephen led West Volusia Audubon to take part within the 6-month pilot FLEDJE (Future Leaders for Fairness, Variety and Justice within the Setting) program which culminated in a mission designed to fulfill the wants of one of many precedence communities in Volusia County. He has additionally been a key accomplice in Audubon Florida’s Jay Watch program to watch and preserve the threatened Florida Scrub Jay, established a vegetable and native plant nursery on the Lyonia Environmental Middle to donate vegetation and meals to the area people, and helped set up two native vegetation paid internships at native schools, considered one of which subsequently based an Audubon on Campus chapter. In all, his skilled background and experience might present the muse however his creativity and generosity make the magic occur.
William Dutcher Award
The William Dutcher Award acknowledges excellent Audubon volunteers who exemplify the usual of service to Audubon established by William Dutcher, the primary chairman of the Nationwide Affiliation of Audubon Societies when it was fashioned in 1905. William Dutcher oversaw Audubon’s progress from a loose-knit federation to a robust society. Recognizing the necessity for efficient native organizations, he helped to create among the early Audubon chapters.
The William Dutcher Award is offered to Audubon neighborhood chapter leaders who work creatively and intensively on a number of focus areas or initiatives to advance Audubon’s mission. These honorees show volunteer affect at neighborhood, state, regional, nationwide, and even hemispheric ranges. They’re neighborhood builders who contain others in conservation work by collaborating with tribal communities, campus communities, state parks, and with different chapters of their state. They join with different NGOs like Boys & Women Golf equipment, Birdability, and Feminist Fowl Membership, and assist initiatives like Black Birders Week. They lead and develop revolutionary, sustainable applications that deal with a number of of Audubon’s conservation priorities.
The 2023 Willian Dutcher Award goes to:
Larry Schwitters, Pilchuck Audubon Society (WA)
Larry Schwitters coordinates the monitoring of Vaux’s Swift roosts throughout the Pacific Flyway, an effort often known as “Vaux’s Occurring”. Larry is an lively facilitator in connecting the proper individuals. He connects Audubon chapters, businesses, and nonprofits, and even worldwide companions. That form of coordination is spectacular, and he continues to do it yr in and yr out. Larry continues to make main contributions to our understanding of Vaux’s Swift inhabitants and migration pathway.
Elaine Stachera Simon, Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (NM)
Elaine’s management has grown the Chapter’s affect dramatically and has strengthened relationships inside and outdoors of Audubon from Arizona to Texas. Applications spearheaded by Elaine embrace the revival of the Chapter’s scholarship for New Mexico State College college students. Her enthusiasm and continued engagement with native universities has led to a marked improve within the participation of younger individuals in Mesilla Valley Audubon actions – a number of college students now sit on the Chapter’s Conservation Committee, and one has joined the Board and is right here on the Audubon Management Convention! Elaine additionally spearheaded the set up of an accessible chook blind at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, a neighborhood Lights Out program, and “Toss no Mas” neighborhood clean-up occasions targeted on metropolis parks.
Nancy Meister, Yuma Audubon Society (AZ)
Nancy’s work advantages birds and communities in any respect scales. Her give attention to inclusive engagement has an affect on the native stage, her advocacy work is impactful statewide, and her efforts to guard and improve the Colorado River, a significant migratory hall for neotropical migratory birds, has impacts internationally. As President of the Yuma Audubon Society, Nancy is organizing the Arizona Council of Audubon Chapters round efforts to make birding within the Southwest extra inclusive and serving to to facilitate restoration on Tribal land alongside the Colorado River. Nancy is a longstanding accomplice of Audubon’s Western River Motion Community – serving to Audubon Southwest advance coverage important to the conservation of the area’s rivers, wetlands, and water and doing all she will to convey her Chapter and native college students alongside for the trip.
Juliet Moderow, Northwest Illinois Audubon Society (IL)
Juliet is a biology professor at Highland Neighborhood School, birder, younger mom, and an advocate for partaking individuals of shade in her chapter actions and conservation extra broadly. She usually says that her mission is to interact “individuals of assorted ages who seem like me”. After a short break after her time period as chapter president, Juliet is formally again on her chapter board because the schooling chair. On this position, Juliet maintains a partnership with the Boys & Women Membership of Freeport by getting youngsters of various cultural backgrounds out to see Bald Eagles and welcoming their participation in World Migratory Fowl Day. Juliet is acknowledged for her outstanding neighborhood contributions by fellow birders of shade together with Christian Cooper, NYC Audubon. Juliet continues to lean into Audubon via her chapter, state-based council, and reference to Audubon Nice Lakes.
Jordan Silvia, Audubon of Martin County (FL)
Jordan is a younger, gifted, and passionate artist, neighborhood builder, and rising chief with a real want to convey birds and conservation to a broad and various viewers via her artwork. She is a self-starter, assured and beneficiant along with her data and vitality, a pacesetter who stands out. As administrator of the chapter’s Possum Lengthy Nature Middle, they have interaction the neighborhood in habitat restoration and have seen a big rise within the variety of wildlife species on property.
June Summers, Genesee Valley Audubon Society (NY)
June is an exemplary Audubon volunteer and an superior one-woman pressure for chook conservation. June’s dedication to Audubon and our mission, her data and her generosity are unparalleled. June has been main her chapter for greater than 30 years. June has been advocating for the safety of the Nice Lakes and is a robust accomplice to Audubon New York and Nationwide Audubon workers. She has partnered with Audubon New York and joined the Therapeutic Our Waters Coalition, flying to Washington DC to foyer, and serving to convey new messengers to assist Nice Lakes funding and safety. She leads her chapter’s Falconcam and social media presence. She additionally companions with Montezuma Audubon Middle workers on programming and occasions as nicely. June has held a board place on NY’s Audubon council for a few years, and is at the moment the council vice-chair, in addition to at the moment holding a seat on the Audubon CT/NY advisory board.
2023 Audubon Americas Excellent Associate Award
This award is given by Audubon Americas to acknowledge excellent organizational companions.
The 2023 Audubon Americas Excellent Associate Award goes to:
- Calidris – Colombia
- RNOA – Colombia
- Fondo Acción – Colombia
- Audubon Panamá
- Audubon Belize
- Fundación Cosmos-Chile