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Birds Connect Seattle recognizes individuals who demonstrate steadfast service to and for birds and nature, through the following annual awards:

President’s Award: Honors a special individual within the Birds Connect Seattle community who has provided exceptional dedication and service to the organization. 

Hero of the Flock: Honors a peer-nominated volunteer who has inspired other volunteers through their service to Birds Connect Seattle.

Education Award: Recognizes an individual in the greater Seattle community whose work inspires students of all ages to love, respect, and protect nature.

Conservation Award: Given to an individual in the greater Seattle community who has made a unique and significant contribution to the protection of birds and wildlife habitat, using creative means for engaging and inspiring the public. 

Science Award: Honors an individual in the greater Seattle community who has made a significant contribution to our knowledge of the birds and wildlife habitat of our region, through publications or other means of disseminating scientific information.

Birds Connect Seattle Award: Honors a volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to birds and nature.


Award Recipients


Sharon Wada, President’s Award

Roniq Bartanen, Birds Connect Seattle Award

Susan MacLaren, Hero of the Flock

Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, Education

Yoon Lee, Conservation & Science


Etta Cosey, President’s Award

Grace Rajendran, Hero of the Flock

Brett Eaton, Education

Judy Bowes, Conservation & Science



Andrew Schepers & Karina Rose, President’s Award

Deb Heiden, Hero of the Flock

The Classes Committee: Dick Holcomb, Jen Kunitsugu, Dan McDougall-Treacy, Jen Steele, Maureen Traxler, Education

Deb Heiden, Conservation



Andrew Jacobson, Hero of the Flock

Alan Grenon, Education



Rod Brown, President’s Award

Virginia Morrison, Hero of the Flock

Malcolm Griffes, Education

Robyn Thomas, Education

Constance Sidles, Conservation

Jerry Joyce, Science



Jill Ericsson, President’s Award

Neil Zimmerman, Hero of the Flock

Kersti Muul, Education

Maria Mudd Ruth, Conservation

Alan Humphrey, Science

Ezra Parker, Science



Diane de Ryss, President’s Award

Steve Dang, Hero of the Flock

Teri Martine, Education

Judith Leconte, Conservation

Jean Olson, Science



Jean Trent, Birds Connect Seattle Award

Herb Curl, President’s Award

Pamela Harlow, Service Award



Virginia Bound, Birds Connect Seattle Award

Charlie Kahle, President’s Award



Colene McKee, Birds Connect Seattle Award

Chris Karrenberg, President’s Award



Marilyn Sandall, Conservation

Jan Bragg, President’s Award



Eric Harlow, Conservation and Education

Karen Adair, President’s Award



Barb Deihl, Education

Dr. Kim McCormick, Education

Dr. John Bower, Science

Dr. Raelene Gold, Conservation

Mary Rogers, President’s Award



Japhy Whalen, Education

Arther Kruckeberg, Science

Maple Leaf Community Council, Conservation

Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Day School, Conservation

Virginia Morrison, President’s Award



Penny Rose, Education

Paulette Hunter, Conservation

Susie Shaefer, Conservation

Mike Blackbird, Conservation

Jim Rettig, Conservation

Larry Schwitters, Conservation

Marina Skumanich, Conservation

Dr. Gordon Orians, Science

Alan Humphrey, President’s Award



Andy Pickard, Education

Rod Brown, Conservation

Dr. Julia Parrish, Science

Richard Youel, President’s Award



Susanna Stodden (posthumously), Education

Jerry Joyce, Conservation

Dr. Dennis Paulson, Science

Russell Steele, President’s Award



Kevin Li (posthumously), Conservation

Martha Nester, Education

Dr. Hal Opperman, Science

Miriam Williams, President’s Award



Donna Kostka and Heidi Carpine, Conservation

Barron S. Levine, Education

Dr. Victor B. Scheffer, Science

Neil Zimmerman, President’s Award

Suzanne Krom, Recognition



Herb Curl, Conservation Award

Anita Lagerberg, Education

Jeff Anderson, President’s Award



Secondary Bilingual Opportunities Center (Tadesse Gobu, Joan Irvin, Lori Leberer, Judy Nakamura, Irene Rodriquez, and Linda Zbigley), Education

Russell Link, Conservation

Brenda Senturia, Conservation

Chris Altwegg, President’s Award



Eileen McMackin, Education

Gretchen Chambers and Vicki Bjorkman, Conservation

Genevieve Rechamp & Earthcare Northwest Mailing Team, President’s Award



Janet Sherwood, Education

Michelle Roedell, Conservation

Pat Vivian, President’s Award



Janice Hunt, Education

Lynn Ferguson, Conservation

Idie Ulsh, President’s Award



Len Kashner, Education

Fred and Anne Weinman, Conservation





Phil Mattocks, Lifetime Achievement

Barbara Schnabel, Education

Chris Peterson, President’s Award



Dennis Paulson, Education

Dana Lyons, Environment

Mark Boyar, Habitat



Carolee Colter, Conservation/Habitat Preservation

Jim Jontz, Conservation/Ancient Forests

Ken Weiner, Conservation/Growth Management

David Koon, Conservation/WETNET

Ellen Blackstone, President’s Award



Senator Cal Anderson, Environmentalist of the Year

Rev. Carla Berkendal, Environmentalist of the Year

Janet Dawes, Environmentalist of the Year

Chuck Lennox, Environmentalist of the Year

Katherine Ransel, Environmentalist of the Year

Idie Ulsh, Environmentalist of the Year

Eleanor Grant, President’s Award



Kristina Schoyen, Activist

Sam Shaffer, Activist

Gery Nunnelee, Education

David Hutchinson, President’s Award

Chuck Lennox, Conservation



Dr. Steve Herman, Evergreen State College, Wildlife

John Beal, Hamm Creek Reclamation, Citizen Activist

Susan Krom, Black River Heronry, Citizen Activist

Les Welsh, Lighthawk Director, Ancient Forest Overview



Jennifer Belcher, State Senator, Environment Defender

Ron Sims, King County Council, Environment Supporter

Jeff Parsons, WA State Audubon Society’s Lobbyist, Issues Coordinator

Curt Schmitch, WA Dept. of Wildlife, Wildlife/Environment

Dean Druggee, Bellevue Schools Teacher, Puppets/Forests

Dee Arntz, Birds Connect Seattle, Co-Award for WETNET Program

Barbara Douma, Birds Connect Seattle, Co-Award for WETNET Program

Bob & Eleanor Grant, Seattle Audubon, President’s Award



Steve Penland, WA State Dept. of Wildlife, Backyard Sanctuary

James Baker, Friends of the Earth, Activist

Darlene Madenwald, WEC Forest Practices, Co-Award Activist

Marcy Golde, WEC Forest Practices, Co-Award Activist

Bonnie Phillips-Howard, Pilchuck Audubon, Activist

Keith Ervin, Seattle Times Reporter, Environmental Friend

Chris Luboff, WA Toxics Coalition, Activist’s Organization

Rick Rutz, Birds Connect Seattle, President’s Award

Jerry Adams, Birds Connect Seattle, Environmentalist of the Year



Michael Rossotto, Friends of the Earth, Environmentalist of the Year

Mike Lowry, US Congress, Environmentalist of the Year

Gordon Orians, Insti. Environ. Studies, Environmentalist

Daryl Scheibel, Wetlands Watch, Environmental Activist

Kathy Fletcher, Puget Sound Water Quality, Environmentalist

Mike Layton, Seattle Times Reporter, Environmental Friendly

Joan Thomas, WA Environ. Council, Environmental Activist

Thero North, Birds Connect Seattle, President’s Award

Eileen Bryant, Birds Connect Seattle, President’s Award

Nancy Kroening, Birds Connect Seattle, President’s Award



Vic Sher, Todd True, and Andy Stahl, Sierra Club Legal Defense, Ancient Forests

Curt Smitch, Governor’s Staff, Environmentalist

Betty Tabutt, WEC Lobbyist, Environmentalist

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times, Environment Friend



Harriet Allen, State Dept. of Wildlife, Owl Friend

Frank Gaffney, Environmentalist

Nancy Rust, State Legislator, Environment Friend

Mike Todd, State Legislator, Environment Friend

Liz Tennant, Birds Connect Seattle, Toxics Advisory Committee



Jo Roberts, Mountaineers, Environmentalist

Jack DeYonge, PI Writer, Environment Friend

Lorraine Bodi, National Marine Fisheries, Environment Friend

George Johnson, Activist and Sales

Carol Potter, President’s Award



David Ortman, Activist

Laura Stone, Day Camp Director

Tim Hill and Maureen Sullivan, King County Government, Environmental


Lorna Campion, Environment

Tom Campion, Ancient Forests

Nancy Rust, Environment Friend

Ken Jacobsen, Environment Friend

Mike Lowry, Environment Friend

Lynn Korn, Ancient Forests

Joe LaTourette, Wildlife Friend

Wilma Anderson, Birds Connect Seattle Past President

Pam Crocker-Davis, Birds Connect Seattle Lobbyist and Founding of WA State Audubon Office



Thero North



Bob and Eleanor Grant, Volunteers of the Year