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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!


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.