OSPREY, FL (October 21, 2015) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast honored the Sarasota Audubon Society as its 2015 Conservation Partner of the Year before an enthusiastic crowd of guests at their headquarters, Bay Preserve at Osprey. The honoree was selected for their deep collaboration with Conservation Foundation including educational programs, special events, and policy issues.
Of special significance is the collaborative partnership to protect the nesting habitat of the snowy plover. This tiny bird, a threatened species, nests directly on the sand with little protection on Southwest Florida beaches. The birds’ nests are often trampled by beach goers, rolling coolers and beach vehicles. Conservation Foundation protects a small stretch of beach on Siesta Key which is inviting to snowy plovers and Sarasota Audubon volunteers monitor this nesting area and educate beach goers. Because of Audubon’s diligence and commitment to protecting the snowy plover, the newborn chicks have fledged successfully over the past several years. This is critical to the survival of this species.
“Sarasota Audubon is a true collaborator, willing to work with Conservation Foundation time and again,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. “Our relationship demonstrates the sheer power of combining forces to accomplish much more together.”
Jeanne Dubi, president of the Sarasota Audubon Society, received a framed Clyde Butcher photograph commemorating the honor.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, preserving those special natural lands that make our region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, they protect the character and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land preservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com.