MARIPOSA/MADERA COUNTIES – The Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) and Lowell Young have received another “Citizen Volunteer of the Year” award.
in 2013, the honor was given by the National Audubon Society. This year, the work of the organization and Lowell Young have been recognized by the environmental research organization, Point Blue Conservation Sciences.
Point Blue’s stated mission is to advance the conservation of birds, plus other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships and outreach.
They have been assessing changes in the environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies since their founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965.
Today, Point Blue has 140 scientists from Alaska to Antarctica working to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, changes in climate and other environmental threats, while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people, on land and at sea.
Young and YAAS received the awards in appreciation for work done over the last six years, including a survey of migratory shorebird populations. The survey covered the Los Banos National Wildlife Area all the way north to the rice fields west of Oroville, where the team camped out while they labored.
Yosemite Area Audubon Society’s stated mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats through advocacy, education, stewardship and Audubon chapter support, for the benefit of all.