Each year Montana Audubon recognizes outstanding individuals who work on conservation in Montana. The following people received awards at the 2014 Bird Festival in Bozeman:
Paulette Epple - Conservationist of the Year Award
Paulette Epple, the recipient of Montana Audubon’s 2014 Conservationist of the Year Award, is honored for her conservation in her local community. She is recognized for her role in protecting Story Mill Community Park, Bozeman’s newest city park. This 54-acre site is a wonderful natural area, and includes a portion of the East Gallatin River.
Through this project, Paulette facilitated a budding partnership between Sacajawea Audubon and The Trust for Public Land, and she rallied Audubon members to write letters of support to the Bozeman City Commission and to deliver testimony at two public meetings during the approval process.
With Audubon membership support, Paulette has installed 13 nest boxes on the property, organized and led several field trips, and conducted bird surveys, building a bird list of over 80 species. The result? In March 2014, the Bozeman City Commission approved the Story Mill Community Park project, which is now slated to become Bozeman’s largest community park.
Paulette’s volunteer efforts and dedication are exemplary.
Peter Norlander - Special Achievement Award
Peter Norlander received this year’s Special Achievement Award as an individual who has been a committed and active volunteer for the Bozeman area chapter, Sacajawea Audubon—as well as an active member of the Montana Audubon Board of Directors.
|Peter Norlander received his Special Achievement award at the Bird Festival in Bozeman.|
An enthusiastic birder and mimicker of bird calls, Peter first served as Sacajawea Audubon’s programs chair, later as a Board member, and even later as president of the Board for two terms. He has led field trips out of Bozeman to look for owls and for International Migratory Bird Day; and he participates in two local Christmas Bird Counts most years.
Peter enjoys contributing to Citizen Science projects, specifically helping with bird surveys on the Yellowstone River, in Ennis, and on Hebgen Lake.
In addition, Montana Audubon has also been fortunate to have Peter’s enthusiasm as the Vice President of its Board of Directors, as well as an at-large Board member.