Mass Audubon Presents Annual Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award to Manomet at Birders Meeting
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Manomet, the respected environmental organization that is marking 50 years as a leader in avian research and conservation, has been awarded Mass Audubon’s Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award for 2020.
The presentation was made at Mass Audubon’s annual Birders Meeting, which drew an audience of hundreds to the Hogan Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Sunday, March 8.
The Award is named for Mass Audubon founders Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, who in 1896 organized what would become a successful national campaign to stop the slaughter of birds for their feathers. The honor recognizes “excellence in wildlife conservation and celebrates an organization or individual whose research and related ecological management successes have amply demonstrated and provided a significant and lasting wildlife conservation benefit.”
Launched in the summer of 1969 as a bird observatory on a spectacular coastal bluff in the Manomet area of Plymouth, the organization established a sterling reputation for avian research and conservation. In recent decades, Manomet’s mission has expanded with a focus on science-driven sustainability in the forestry, fisheries, and agriculture sectors—with an enduring focus on birdlife and biodiversity.
“Manomet has been celebrating five decades of active support for birds and other wildlife, a worthy legacy that Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall would certainly appreciate and applaud,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said.
“From monitoring shorebirds internationally to studying forests habitats regionally, this organization continues to play an important role in protecting and enhancing biodiversity in Massachusetts and beyond,” Clayton added. “So, Mass Audubon is very pleased to present Manomet with the 2020 Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award.”
Accepting the Hemenway + Hall award was longtime (now retired) Manomet senior scientist Brian Harrington.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.