Columbus Audubon Presents Prestigious Awards

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Barb Revard on the left- Song Sparrow Award
Bill Heck on the right- Great Egret Award

Columbus Audubon is pleased to announce two very deserving volunteers who received awards at this year’s annual meeting. An additional award was created for a long-time volunteer and presented for the first time at EcoWeekend’s 2017 event held in the Hocking Hills.


The Song Sparrow Award was established in 1996 and is Columbus Audubon’s highest honor. It recognizes outstanding contributions by Audubon members who promote Audubon’s mission often over the course of years.


The Song Sparrow award was presented to Barbara Revard, of Plain City, OH for her outstanding service to the Chapter. Barb has been a steadfast leader for the organization for many years. She is calm and steady and takes things in stride and is thoughtful in her actions and her words. She has worked to instill a love for conservation and education in her professional life as well has her personal life. She will step up the plate when needed and sees that things get done. Revard is a bird lover and does a fantastic job of sharing that love with others and patiently teaching anyone who wants to learn.


The Song Sparrow Award Inscription:


For her leadership, dedication and support of Columbus Audubon


Background on the Song Sparrow award: Margaret Morse Nice’s groundbreaking scientific contributions on the life histories of Song Sparrows put Ohio on the map of the ornithological world. Indeed, no one has  impacted birding and ornithology locally and internationally more than Nice. From her first thorough observations – at the tender age of thirteen – of brown leghorn hens to her much heralded work on Song Sparrows, she persevered in a man’s world of ornithology to develop the science of ethology. This accomplishment was recognized by Konrad Lorenz, a 1973 Nobel Prize winner for behavioral studies. According to Lorenz, “her paper on the song sparrow was, to the best of my knowledge, the first long term field investigation of the individual life of any free living wild animal.”  (Source: CA member Susan Setterlin)



William “Bill” Heck was nominated by the Columbus Audubon Chapter to receive the Great Egret Award from the National Audubon Society. This award goes to individuals who have made significant long-term contributions to Audubon and conservation in pursuit of the Audubon Mission which is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.


Individuals who have been in the “trenches” for 20 years or more working for the Audubon mission, either as a volunteer or staff member are considered for this award.  This individual has made significant contributions at one or more levels within the local Chapter, center, state, regional and/or national level.


William (Bill) Heck of Columbus, Ohio is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-North Region. He is a retired information technology manager. Bill has served as a board member and President of Audubon Miami Valley, member of the Audubon Ohio Advisory Board and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Advisory Board, and as board member, Vice President, and President of Columbus Audubon. Other nonprofit service includes terms as board member and treasurer of the Three Valley Conservation Trust (a land trust in SW Ohio) and board member and treasurer of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

The Great Egret Award Inscription:

In grateful recognition of your longtime commitment and dedication to Columbus Audubon as a steadfast volunteer and past board member.  With sincerest gratitude for all that you have done for the well-being of birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Your outstanding service is greatly appreciated.


EcoWeekend celebrated 45 years of continuous programming this past weekend. Columbus Audubon is fortunate to have many amazing volunteers but one stands out; Lois Day has planned and been involved with EcoWeekend since its inception in 1973. Ecoweekend is a family oriented nature retreat that is designed to educate participants about the wonderful natural world around them through field trips, classes, entertainment and key speakers.


The Lois Day Ecoweeeknd Outstanding Volunteer Award Inscription:


In appreciation of 45 years of dedicated volunteer service. 2017


The Lois Day EcoWeekend Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented for the first time to its name sake. “Being involved with EcoWeekend has been a great experience for me.  I believe it’s one of the finest things that Columbus Audubon does, and I hope it will continue for many more years,” said Day after receiving the award.