Lou Beck and Hannah Suthers, two long-time WCAS volunteers and members of our board of trustees who are well-known to the local birding community, were named this year's recipients of the Jack Gleeson Environmental Award by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space at their annual meeting on March 9. The award was established in memory Mr. Gleeson, who was a founder and the first president of FoHVOS, to recognize people or organizations whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment or people's appreciation of it in the Hopewell Valley.
Lou and Hannah were chosen because of their many years of teaching about birds and their habitats, mentoring birders, advocating for open space preservation and collecting avian population data. Lou also has fledged many a boy scout naturalist and novice birder. Hannah has conducted 30 continuous years of research at her Featherbed Lane Avian Research Station in Hopewell Township and has apprenticed the next generation of bird banders and researchers at the site. A good part of the property that comprises her research area is now preserved open space. We are extremely proud of Lou and Hannah and grateful to them for the wonderful work they have done. Congratulations to them both!
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