"Needless to say, we're celebrating a bit differently than we have in past years!"
Audubon Texas hosted the sixth annual Texas Women in Conservation event on Wednesday, October 28. Due to COVID-19, we celebrated virtually!
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.
Through the hard work of our host committtee, chaired by Margaret Keliher and Mary Suhm, we recognized four esteemed 2020 Terry Hershey Award recipients: Anne Brown, Janette Monear, Julie Shackelford, and Gail Thomas (read more here). These women exemplify the very best in conservation leadership and we are proud to recognize their achievements. As a special part of this year's virtual event, we were pleased to highlight some of our young women from the ACL program, Audubon's own Dallas native and senior producer Christine Lin, and the woman who always had Terry Hershey's back, Judith Boyce. It was a wonderful celebration of the impact women are making in Texas, start to finish.
Proceeds from the event support conservation education, notably Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women, which provides opportunities for girls to become more involved in environmental science. In this innovative program, 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 learn more about the luncheon or the Terry Hershey Awards, please contact Ashley Kjos at firstname.lastname@example.org.