Conservation Awards

2017 award winnersEach November, our chapter honors individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions to the environment in our region over the past year in the following categories:

Robert H. and Esther L. Cooper Conservation Award: the chapter's highest honor, for overall contributions to, conservation of, and appreciation for the natural environment

Clyde W. Hibbs Conservation Education Award: for excellence in educating the area's children, youth, and /or adults on conservation issues and practices

Richard Greene Public ServiceAward: for active involvement in serving the public's environmental interests and concerns

Phyllis Yuhas Wildlife Habitat Preservation Award: for development or preservation of habitat that contains significant wildlife and/or native plant life populations

Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award: for excellence in conservation practices by a youth under the age of 18

silent auctionA highlight of each year's banquet is the silent auction, where guests find bird houses, bat houses, bird feeders, artwork, items made of ceramic or wood, creative wall hangings, baskets of environmentally friendly goods, books, notecards, carvings, and other bird-related items.

The proceeds fund conservation and education projects of the Robert Cooper Audubon Society.

Past award winners

Our chapter presented its first two conservation awards in 1983 and quickly expanded to four annual awards. The Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award followed in 2003. All five awards given today are named in honor of individuals who've had a significant impact in our community's or chapter's work to serve and protect the natural environment.

You can peruse the entire list here.