Gloucester Environmental Author Deborah Cramer Honored with Audubon ’A’ Award
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon has bestowed one of its highest honors, the Audubon ‘A’ Award, on Deborah Cramer, whose books on marine and coastal habitats and the creatures dependent upon them have established the Gloucester author as a recognized 21st-century voice for the environment.
The Audubon ‘A’ Award salutes an individual, group, or organization that has furthered the cause of conservation and environmental protection or has broadened the public awareness of the nature of Massachusetts.
Cramer’s work includes three books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage; Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World; and, most recently, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey. A dramatic narrative of the relationship between two vulnerable species, red knot shorebirds and horseshoe crabs, The Narrow Edge is a Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award winner and has been praised by critics, including Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert.
She was presented her award by Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton at the conservation organization’s headquarters in Lincoln June 3. Cramer said she was “incredibly honored, completely surprised, and totally delighted to receive this award.”
The author recalled that her children’s introductions to nature included summer camp programs at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield and coastal programs along the North Shore. “So I have a particular connection to this organization that I love, which goes way back,” she said.
Cramer also lauded Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, for standing at the forefront of climate action.
“With climate change one of the most pressing issues facing us today, Mass Audubon is promoting climate mitigation and adaption policies at the state level, dramatically reducing its own carbon emissions, including climate science in its education programs, and protecting ecologically important lands along our coastlines,” Cramer said.
“And its wildlife sanctuaries, encouraging so many people of all ages to get outside and connect with nature, demonstrate the importance of leading by example,” she added.
In presenting the award to Cramer, Clayton noted, “Whether witnessing the struggles of migrating shorebirds in the Southern Hemisphere or wading through a Cape Ann tidal creek in an era of rising sea levels, Deborah embodies the spirit of the Audubon ‘A’ Award and is a worthy honoree.”
Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.