The following awards were presented at the 2013 Annual General meeting in April.
Davidson Award for Conservation
Joe and Doreen Sadowski
Joe and Doreen Sadowski have been members of Nature Vancouver since 1985. Joe is also one of the ten founding members of Burnaby Lake Park Association and has served as a director for the last forty years.
The Burnaby Lake Park Association has been responsible for preserving and enhancing the natural area around Burnaby Lake. Through the years they have secured funding and volunteer help to maintain a nature house and to build a perimeter trail, a boardwalk at Piper Spit and a viewing tower. The original tower was recently rebuilt and should last for many years.
The members of Burnaby Lake Park Association also provide about 200 nest boxes for cavity nesting birds such as Wood Ducks, Tree and Violet-green Swallows and Chickadees. The Wood Duck population at Burnaby Lake has increased considerably in the last forty years.
Joe has been at the forefront of the nest box project for 40 years – from building boxes and putting them up to maintaining and cleaning them every year. Joe is a former teacher and a Scout Leader and has this natural ability to inspire others to get involved. That explains why so many volunteers come out every year from January to March and help clean the nest boxes at Burnaby Lake. This year they had to cancel a scheduled work party in February because all the nest boxes were checked and cleaned in January.
Joe and Doreen Sadowski have 70 nest boxes of various sizes and styles all built by Joe, on their small patch of North Green Lake waterfront in the Cariboo. They spent the Easter long weekend cleaning the boxes before birds arrive. Joe has also maintained a Mountain Bluebird nest box trail with 40 nest boxes out of 70 Mile House for the last 12 years.
Joe and Doreen are worthy recipients of the Davidson Award, in recognition of their life time of work for nature conservation.
Dan OvermyerPresented the award to Joe and Doreen.
Photo by Al Grass
Kay Beamish Award for Nature Education
Cynthia has contributed extensively to nature education for Nature Vancouver’s members by coordinating our field trips for 11 years. She invites field trip leaders to schedule trips and encourages new trip leaders. Cynthia schedules the field trips, combined with the birding trips which are often separately arranged, into an interesting variety of trips, and scheduled in a timely manner for deadlines for the Vancouver Naturalist. With the increasing use of internet, Cynthia ensures upcoming trip information is conveyed in good time to be posted to the weekly email circulation.
Cynthia has been a member of the Vancouver Natural History Society/Nature Vancouver since 1990. Over the last decade, Cynthia has contributed extensively to promoting the aims of Nature Vancouver by serving 8 years as a member of the Board of Directors, including a three year term as President. During that term Cynthia oversaw the affairs of the Society in a most capable, welcoming and gracious manner, as well as introducing speakers at educational evening programs.
Cynthia has most recently worked with a small committee to accomplish an updated history: Nature Vancouver A Portrait: 1994-2010 and an Index to our Discovery journal, 1993-2010, both of which are now published.
Frank Sanford Award for Community Service
Two awards were presented
Lyda founded the Lower Mainland Green Team in February 2011 to provide an active and constructive way for the public to help conserve the environment in Metro Vancouver. In the past two years, the Green Team has grown to over 1400 members and Lyda has organized more than 60 events, including events specifically for youth and at-risk youth. Through the Green Team, Lyda has provided a way for people to learn first-hand about environmental issues in Metro Vancouver. Her efforts have resulted in the removal of over 40,000 pounds of invasive plants and over 1400 pounds of garbage from Metro green spaces, as well as the planting of over 2500 native plants and trees in two years. The Green Team also provides a way for people to discover and explore Metro Vancouver parks and green spaces. Many Green Team members visit a park for the first time with the Green Team. Lyda has created an organization that provides people with an opportunity to take an active role in local conservation, and to learn more about, enjoy, and appreciate nature in Metro Vancouver.
Daphne Nagorsen (R) presented the award to Lyda.
Photo by Al Grass
Marine Life Sanctuaries Society
The Marine Life Sanctuaries Society was founded in 1985 with the goal of establishing No-take Marine Protected Areas in BC, and to that end, they were successful in creating such a sanctuary at Whytecliffe Park in West Vancouver. For several years after this success, the political and economic climate of BC shifted, rendering further attempts to create marine sanctuaries very difficult. In recent years, the MLSS has been revived, with a revised approach to marine protection. Local stewardship in the form of beach cleanups, removal of abandoned fishing nets, reporting on poaching and other deterrent actions have increased involvement at the community level.
Political lobbying is still in place, and a useful tool in the goal, but much of the emphasis is shifting to the grassroots interest in and demand for, marine protected areas in BC, with the current focus on establishing a series of MPAs in Howe Sound as a start. Everyone involved in MLSS is a volunteer. There is considerable overlap in members of Nature Vancouver and the MLSS, including two persons who serve on the Marine Biology Section committee and also on the BOD of MLSS.
Joan Lopez presented the award to Roy Mulder, current president of MLSS.
Photo by Al Grass
Garibaldi Awards for Service to Nature Vancouver
Five Garibaldi Awards were presented
Poh is one of the best photographers of Nature Vancouver, and although she hasn’t yet received a photographic award, she certainly deserves one! Poh not only takes fabulous images, but also presents them in a very professional way. She designs, prints and prepares cards from her own photographs and then puts them up for sale at our Nature Vancouver events. When you purchase one of these cards you are getting a great quality nature photograph and you also support our Society since Poh donates all the proceeds of the card sales to Nature Vancouver. Nature Vancouver thanks Poh for these contributions.
John is greatly appreciated for his work supporting Nature Vancouver’s website. As the website is of vital importance to our organization and repairs to it have an inconvenient immediacy, John has been willing to attack those pesky issues right away even sacrificing sleep for the continuation of that site and the weekly emails.
For several years Don Griffiths has been someone we can depend on to lead interesting hikes every year at camp. Sometimes that literally means "at camp", as he likes to take people around and explore the camp area at a leisurely pace. During at least one camp he has encouraged people to bring along their camp chairs and have a close look at plants, bugs and whatever else comes along. One person on a trip Don led at Smithers snapped a photo of people in chairs and titled the photo: "Non Hiking Botanists". Don is also one of those very few people with a very special passion for entomology.
Don joined the Camp Committee following the Smithers camp in 2008, and served as Camp Manager for three camps, then as Chairperson from 2010 through last year's camp at Tweedsmuir Provincial Park…..sorry, that should be last year's camp at Butler Lake in the Niut Range. The explanation is that we explored the region with the intention of having the 2012 camp at Tweedsmuir, and were given encouragement by some BC Parks staff, and made plans for the camp there, advertised and promoted it. Then, just when the applications were starting to come in, we were told by Parks that we after all could not hold the camp in Tweedsmuir. Don spent an untold amount of time and effort on dealing with the Parks people right from the start; he worked just as hard in arranging and carrying out our backup plan, and in spite of a few hitches the Niut destination went off well. Don has stepped down as Camp Chair but continues on the Committee, and we look forward to his continued input as an organiser and trip leader.
Elena provides outstanding coordination of Nature Vancouver’s weekly email circulation to members. Each week she accurately organizes the notices of upcoming field trips, activities and speakers. She also reviews requests from outside organizations to include their event notices in Nature Vancouver’s email circulation. Nature Vancouver members now rely on the weekly emails for information and reminders on activities to attend, so Elena’s work is greatly appreciated. Elena has cheerfully and efficiently coordinated the email weekly news since October 2011.
Dorothy has represented Nature Vancouver as a Director to BC Nature for seven years (since 2006), including attending AGMs and FGMs, forwarding communications to Nature Vancouver, writing an annual report for BC Nature’s AGM and writing periodic Club Reports for BC Nature’s magazine. Dorothy has also helped Nature Vancouver with a variety of tasks, including secretary to the Board.
Don Griffiths, Poh Chan and Elena Klein with the awards.
Photo by Al Grass