Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Owl Award

      On a number of past posts I have mentioned the Red Deer River Naturalists. I have belonged to this group for a long time and participated in their activities.I have a link on this blog to their web site.

     This group is dedicated to the study, preservation and enjoyment of natural history. We try to promote the preservation of native habitat so that native plants and animals can survive and thrive. There are only small portions of native habitat left and these patches are fragmented. 

     I have been a member of this group for many years and have been on the board for a long stretch...long enough to be given the Owl Award. The Owl Award is given to some one who has been a long time board member. Needless to say, I was pleased to receive the award this year. For a small group we've accomplished much. We conduct field trips and have regular monthly speakers. These activities are open to the public. We also follow municipal development plans and comment on improvements that can be made. We've also developed educational programs for children.

I never saw a microphone I couldn't like

Something for the top of the book case

    For the presentation I was asked a few questions. They asked me if there was some one in particular who influenced me. Yes, it was my Mom. When I was about 4 my Mom asked me if I wanted to see a pretty bird. She took me down the road 400 m and we crossed the ditch and crawled through the brush. I came face to face with a mallard drake. I've never forgotten that moment.

   I was also asked what I would like to see in the future. I didn't really give them an answer. I would like to see things as they were a 150 years ago before the white man came and destroyed this beautiful area. I would also be minus 75 years old and that would be cool. 

    This award is one that is very meaningful to me.

40 comments:

  1. congratulations to you, and thank you for all you do. i loved the memory of your mom's surprise for you.

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    1. Thank you. We receive support from people like you.

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  2. Congratulations, Red. I can see that this is a well deserved award.

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  3. Congratulations on that. Some simple things leave a lasting impression on your mind, like coming face to face with the mallard drake.

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    1. Thank you. I wonder what other people have memories of from a young age.

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  4. Way to go Red! What a great award! :)

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  5. Congratulations, Red! You have earned this award and I understand how happy and proud you must be!

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  6. Congratulations on your reward!! This sounds like a very good cause.

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    1. Thanks. I wish we had more success.

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  7. Congratulations. It's good to have your time and enthusiasm recognised.

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  8. Congratulations on your well deserved award, Red! It's certainly something to be proud of. Thank goodness for groups like yours that work to teach nature conservation.

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    1. Thanks. People like you give us lots of support.

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  9. Congratulations on such a wonderful award. What a good cause as well.

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  10. Congratulations with your award. How nice to be tributed for all the work you did for such a long time.

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  11. Congratulations Red, on your Owl Award. You truly deserve this award with all the time and effort you contributed over the years. Its going to look quite nice in your home. I like the story about you and your Mum.

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  12. Often a parent starts us toward a lifelong endeavor. The state parks all have clubs to increase their potential around me.

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    1. Being a teacher I understand how much parents can influence their kids.

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  13. Congratulations, Red! That is a super commendation for your hard work and efforts to protect the environment.

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  14. Congratulations, Red. You are definitely a worthy recipient of this award. It's pretty, too. :-)

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    1. Thanks. People like you publicize our treasures.

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  15. It's a wonderful award and I know how deserving you are of it. Congratulations. I'm sure your concern and love of the environment has made a significant difference.

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  16. Congratulations on a well-deserved award. I love the little story about your Mom surprising you with a pretty bird!

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    1. Thanks. It's funny what stays in your head.

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  17. Congratulations Red! We surely need more people like you in this world.

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    1. Thanks. It's hard to recruit people.

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  18. What a fantastic group! And congratulations on your award; you certainly deserve it. This is a great thing you are doing. We need to protect our environment. I really enjoyed that story about your mom. Parents are our greatest teachers, and they really influence us.

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  19. Congratulations, Red! If I was there, I'd be standing up and applauding your. I suspect your Mom would, also. As it is, I'm sitting here and beaming for you. Way to go!

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    1. Thanks. If you wee here you'd be in this group. We have a Face book page with good photos.

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  20. My deepest congratulations! You really deserve this! It's beautiful, too! You have a large legacy, between your naturalist activities, as well as you teaching and your blogging. I'm so happy to know you!

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  21. I never spend much time thinking about my past. I'm too busy thinking about what's next.

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