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Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award
|The year 2008 marks
Sea and Sage Audubon Society's 50th anniversary as a Chapter
of the National Audubon Society. It is fitting to look back
on a bit of our history. Sea and Sage Audubon was created by
the Santa Ana Bird Club. Fern Zimmerman, an avid birder, was
a member of the Santa Ana Bird Club and one of Sea and Sage
Audubon's early forces.
Fern Zimmerman was a true conservationist, grass roots organizer,
and chapter leader who contributed a great deal to the development
of Sea and Sage Audubon Society. Many of the chapter's early
Conservation Committee meetings were held in Fern's home and
were organized by Fern. She helped us find our voice in the
world of environmental advocacy and bird conservation. Fern
was a constant source of optimism about our ability to effect
change in our environment, especially in the protection of open
The conservation award, which the chapter has presented annually
since 1967, was named the Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award
in 1997, shortly after Fern's death, to honor one of Sea and
Sage Audubon's all-time most inspirational and enthusiastic
members and leaders.
The Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award is presented, with great
pride and gratitude, to deserving individuals for hard work
and contributions to protecting open spaces and birds in Southern
California. These personal contributions can be in the form
of grassroots activism, education, leadership, science or other
fields related to the protection of birds and our environment.
For more about the Conservation Award and other Chapter Awards,
see the list below. The history of chapter awards gives a hint
of Orange County's past as well.
year at our Annual Dinner, the Fern Zimmerman Award is presented
to people who have made a substantial difference in the world
of conservation. Periodically, special awards have been presented
to chapter members who have contributed to the chapter in special
ways. In 2008, the first Sylvia Ranney Gallagher and James Ross
Gallagher Award was presented. This list of awards was compiled
by Scott Thomas and Susan Sheakley.
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