Texas Women in Conservation

Audubon's Texas Women in Conservation Program debuted in 2015 to honor the role that women play in the conservation field in the Lone Star State, and to inspire the next generation of female conservationists. The program includes the annual Audubon Texas Women in Conservation Luncheon featuring The Terry Hershey Awards, and Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women. 

Audubon Texas will host the fifth annual Texas Women in Conservation Luncheon in Austin on March 5, 2019. This year, we are thrilled to have Jennifer Bristol and Nona Sansom of Austin, Texas as the 2019 Luncheon Co-Chairs, and honored to recognize four esteemed 2019 Terry Hershey Award recipients: Valarie Bristol, Carolyn Chipman Evans, Susan Kaderka, and Dianne Wassenich. These women exemplify the very best in conservation leadership and we are proud to recognize their achievements. 

Proceeds from the event support both Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women, which provides opportunities for girls to become more involved in environmental science, and Travis Audubon Society’s education and conservation initiatives.

Girls participate in hands-on nature-based programs at our three nature centers in Texas, as well as conduct extensive field research in nearby natural resource areas. The program culminates in a community science camping trip where outdoor science education is delivered from Audubon Texas educators, with additional training from conservation partners. Due to the generosity and dedication of our donors, this program is managed at no cost to the participants.

To suggest a nomination for a Terry Hershey award, download and complete the nomination form here.  

News & Updates

2018 Terry Hershey Award Honorees
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2018 Terry Hershey Award Honorees

Congratulations to Claire Peterson Caudill, Linda Shead and Maxine Johnston.

San Antonio Women Honored for Conservation Achievements
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San Antonio Women Honored for Conservation Achievements

— 2017 Terry Hershey Award honorees announced by Audubon Texas
2017 Terry Hershey Award Honorees
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2017 Terry Hershey Award Honorees

Congratulations to Blair Fitzsimons, Karen Hixon, Susan Hughes, and Ruth Lofgren

2016 Terry Hershey Award Honorees
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2016 Terry Hershey Award Honorees

Congratulations to Janice Bezanson, Deborah Clark, Ann Hamilton, and Marty Leonard

Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women
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Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women

A year of career-focused conservation learning and service for high school girls.

Audubon Texas Celebrates the Legacy of Female Leadership in Texas Conservation Efforts
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Audubon Texas Celebrates the Legacy of Female Leadership in Texas Conservation Efforts

— 2016 Terry Hershey Award winners to be honored in Fort Worth on March 3, 2016.

Terry Hershey's Conservation Legacy in Texas

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