Held every two years in Spring, Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) honors people and organizations who have made valuable contributions to conservation, the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife, and have helped to conserve, preserve and enhance the varied habitats and open spaces of the greater Chicago region.

Group photo of award recipients, April 2019

Group photo of award recipients, April 2019

The 2019 Chicago Audubon Environmental Award Recipients

  • The Craig Stettner Award for Environmental Education: Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, President, Moraine Valley Community College

  • Excellence in Environmental Reporting – Broadcast: Jerome McDonnell, WBEZ “Worldview”

  • Protector of the Environment – Political Advocacy: Friends of the Forest Preserve

  • Protector of the Environment – Single Act, Individual: Jerry Goldner, CAS Photo Contest, Facebook group and page administrator

  • Protector of the Environment – Avocation: Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman, Stewards, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, Evanston

  • Ted Jindrich and Alycia Kluenenberg, Stewards, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago

  • Protector of the Environment – Vocation: Howard A. Learner, Environmental Law and Policy Center

  • Protector of the Environment – Group: Orland Grasslands Stewards and Volunteeers

  • First Friend of Chicago Audubon: Pat Durkin, Wooded Island/Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary Bird Walks

  • Service to Chicago Area Birders: Greg Neise, Web Developer, American Birding Association; Administrator, Illinois Facebook Birding Groups; Illinois Birder’s Forum founder

  • Young Environmentalist: Oliver Burrus, Whimbrel Birders Club

Header photo: 2019 Photography Awards, Third Place Winner: Cape May Warbler, by Michael Ferguson