JAS volunteers receive high honors for service

Four Juneau Audubon volunteers received awards from National Audubon on March 24.

The celebration at DIPAC was attended by 60 people. Matt Kirchhoff, formerly of the Juneau Audubon board, and now Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Alaska, presented the awards for National Audubon.

Mary Lou King and Steve Zimmerman received the prestigious Great Egret Award. Fewer than 45 Audubon members have ever received this award. King received the award for her 27 years of board member and volunteer service to Juneau Audubon. This was not the first conservation award for this Juneau volunteer; she received Conservation Educator of the year Award from the Alaska Wildlife Federation and she and husband Jim received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation and the National Chevron Conservation Award.

Zimmerman also received the Great Egret Award for his many years of service on the Juneau Audubon Board, Audubon Alaska (state) Board, and the National Audubon Board (the first member of the local chapter to have served at all three levels).

Lastly, Brenda Wright and Mark Schwan received Presidential Recognition Awards for their many years (and countless volunteer hours) as President of Juneau Audubon.

A potluck dinner was served and beautiful wildlife images were shown by Juneau photographer, Juneau Audubon member Doug Jones.

The Audubon Society offers ongratulations to the four who have given much to the Audubon cause for wildlife and environmental protection, and a special thanks to Jeff Sauer and all of those who made this celebration a rewarding occasion.

For more news from the Juneau Audubon Society go online to juneau-audubon-society.org.


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