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In Memoriam: Diane Soucy

Friday, January 31st, 2020

by David Wheeler, Executive Director

The New Jersey conservation community lost a great champion with the passing of Diane Soucy of The Raptor Trust this month. Diane was a tireless advocate for New Jersey’s wildlife, and a co-founder and driving force behind the Trust’s amazing success in caring for over 150,000 songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, hummingbirds, and – of course – raptors.

Diane Soucy feeding a songbird at The Raptor Trust using a formula she perfected over the years.
Photo courtesy of The Raptor Trust.


Friday, November 15th, 2019

New Jersey’s conservation community came together on November 13, 2019 to celebrate five extraordinary women and their accomplishments in wildlife conservation.

The 14th annual Women & Wildlife Awards were held on November 13, 2019 at Duke Farms.
Photo by Bryan Duggan Photography.

Women & Wildlife 2019 Service Award Honoree Dorothy ‘Dede’ Manera

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Dorothy ‘Dede’ Manera, Senior Special Agent, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Congratulations to the 2019 CWF Women & Wildlife Service Award honoree Dorothy ‘Dede’ Manera, Senior Special Agent at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Join us to celebrate Dede, and the four other 2019 Women & Wildlife Award honorees, on Wednesday, November 13 at 6 PM. Purchase events tickets and find more information.

Over the course of Dede’s 27 years as a Senior Special Agent, she has used her investigative talents to protect and preserve New Jersey native species as well as exotic wildlife trafficked in our state. She has been part of an elite team of wildlife agents, conducted and participated in many successful joint investigations and enforcement efforts with NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife conservation officers and selflessly dedicated her time to mentoring young conservation officers.


Women & Wildlife 2019 Leadership Award Honoree Nellie Tsipoura, PhD

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
Women & Wildlife 2019 Leadership Honoree Nellie Tsipoura, PhD

Congratulations to the 2019 CWF Women & Wildlife Leadership Award honoree Nellie Tsipoura, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Citizen Science at the New Jersey Audubon Society

Join us to celebrate Nellie and the four other 2019 Women & Wildlife Award honorees on Wednesday, November 13th at 6 PM. Purchase events tickets and find more information.


Women & Wildlife 2019 Inspiration Award Honoree Gretchen Fowles

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Gretchen and Fly, the ENSP sniffer dog who helps track rare wildlife.

Join us to honor Gretchen and the four other 2019 Women & Wildlife Award Honorees on Wednesday, November 13th at 6 PM. Purchase events tickets and find more information.

Gretchen has been a biologist/GIS Specialist with NJ’s Endangered & Nongame Species Program (ENSP) for the past 15 years. She grew up in western Massachusetts, received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, and spent her summers while in college as a wilderness ranger in Wyoming and assisting with black bear research in North Carolina. After living in Oregon and Vermont for a few years, working as a vet tech and volunteering for conservation organizations among other things, she then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Idaho State University studying bighorn sheep.