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CWF Celebrates 15 years of Women & Wildlife with Virtual Celebration

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

by Ethan Gilardi, Assistant Biologist

Watch the full event on the CWF Youtube Channel!

On November 12, 2020, Conserve Wildlife Foundation proudly celebrated the 44 Women & Wildlife honorees who have taken a valuable role in protecting wildlife in New Jersey and now serve as role models and mentors for countless young wildlife leaders, male and female alike.

The Women & Wildlife Awards event always brings together a great group of people who care deeply about wildlife conservation in New Jersey. They join us to honor women – biologists and land stewards, policy advocates and conservation officers, rehabilitators and educators – whose exemplary work has meant irreplaceable strides in so many fields of conservation. Unwilling to let Covid-19 stand in the way of our revelry, we decided to make this year’s celebration virtual. While we missed seeing everyone in person, the shift to an online celebration allowed us to open the event to everyone free of charge and eschew our usual awards for a celebration of our past Women & Wildlife honorees and their remarkable accomplishments.

Past honoree and CWF founder Linda Tesauro narrated a film exploring Women & Wildlife and the unique role of New Jersey in setting a pioneering model for other states to follow which premiered during the event. From inaugural honorees, Dr. Joanna Burger and Hannah Bonsey Suthers, to the five honorees celebrated at last year’s event at Duke Farms, the video details the struggles faced by women early on and how their leadership and legacies continue to inspire us all. This six-minute video can be found below and on the Conserve Wildlife YouTube page.

We thank Linda Tesauro, Amy Greene, and Diane Nickerson for sharing their heartfelt reflections on receiving their awards, and current CWF biologists Larissa Smith, Allegra Mitchell, and Nicole Porter for speaking about the great women who have influenced them.

We owe a special thank you to our lead sponsor PSE&G, as well as Weeks Marine and Hudson Farm Foundation, and Amy Greene, whose sponsorship honored her late husband John Belle. These along with our other generous sponsors and auction contributors made this year’s virtual Women & Wildlife Celebration a tremendous success!


Species On The Edge 2.0 Contest Winners Honored In Live-streamed Virtual Awards Ceremony

Monday, June 29th, 2020

by Morgan Mark, CWF Intern

Virtual award ceremony participants from left to right: (top row) CWF Executive Director David Wheeler, PSEG Foundation Chairman Rick Thigpen, CWF Director of Education Stephanie DAlessio, Third Place Winner Lauren Johnson, First Place Winner Virginia Higgins, and Second Place Winner Rory Leadbeater

If you browse through social media, you will find some incredibly creative and effective ways to help imperiled wildlife. You might be compelled by calls-to-action, experience stunning photographs, or may even discover posts about New Jersey’s vulnerable species that—thanks to talented New Jersey high schoolers—got their share of screen time, likes, and retweets during the Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s (CWF) fifth annual Species on the Edge 2.0 Social Media contest.

One of the winning Instagram posts by Virginia Higgins, highlighting the diets of Piping Plovers.

Over the course of 8 days, hundreds of students from across the state created Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts about animals that the CWF protects. Through campaigns that featured original artwork, photos, and infographics, contestants took the internet by storm, rose awareness about their chosen species, and garnered nearly 12,000 likes. 

The three finalists were celebrated on June 18 in a Facebook Live virtual awards ceremony. The PSEG Foundation sponsored the contest and provided scholarships to the winners.


Summer Series: Join Us for Virtual Wildlife Events

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Wildlife takes center stage this summer in a series of virtual presentations.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Mercer County Park Commission will present four one-hour webinars this summer, focusing on wildlife that affects our lives, even in an urbanized environment.


Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Each year on the third Friday in May, the United States celebrates National Endangered Species Day. It is a chance for people of all ages to celebrate and learn about endangered species and how to protect them. Here are 5 ways you can celebrate New Jersey’s wildlife virtually, individually, and locally to stay safe during the corona virus crisis. Without the Endangered Species Act there wouldn’t be as many species in New Jersey to celebrate.


Virtual Eyes on Eagles

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Get a little wild while being safe at home! Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Mercer County Park Commission to get your eyes on eagles – virtually.

We’re co-hosting hour-long webinars on May 10 and June 7 with Mercer County Park Commission. Each virtual event will feature current footage collected safely from one of the bald eagle nests in the County Park system, along with bald eagle history and interpretation provided by Park naturalists and David Wheeler, Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation.