2020 National Wetlands Awards Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 National Wetlands Awards! 

Trinity Favazza – Youth Leadership
Action for Amphibians
Detroit, Michigan

Trinity, age 13, has been an amphibian and wetland conservationist since 2016 when she became the Mayor of Amphibiville for the Detroit Zoo. Soon after, Trinitybegan her “Action for Amphibians” project, which takes a social, political, and hands-on approach toward amphibian and wetland conservation. Through her program, Trinity seeks to: 1) raise social awareness via social media and her "Amphibian Conservation Rocks" painted rocks campaign; 2) conduct field research, clean up local wetlands, educate and inspire her classmates, and collect valuable field-data as a citizen scientist for FrogWatch USA; and 3) raise political awareness for amphibian and wetland conservation statewide and nationally. This year, Trinity was able to expand her "Amphibian Conservation Rocks" campaign using funds from the Warner Brother's Scooby-Doo Doo Good Grant. Visit her amphibian conservation Instagram hub and conservation website here.

CLICK HERE to read Trinity's contribution to ELI's Vibrant Environment Blog. 

Watch Trinity talk about her wetlands work HERE.

Dr. John W. Day, Jr. – Scientific Research
Professor Emeritus
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Studies, Louisiana State 

John has taught at LSU since 1971. In addition to educating the next generation of environmental stewards, including over 70 masters and doctorate-level students, John has conducted extensive research on the ecology and management of coastal and wetland ecosystems, with emphasis on the Mississippi Delta. An extensive writer, with more than 400 publications to his name, John has written and edited 14 books, has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, and  has been cited more than 23,800 times. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for study in France and the Estuarine Research Federation Cronin Award for excellence in teaching in coastal sciences. John received his PhD in marine sciences and environmental sciences from the University of North Carolina in 1971 working with the noted ecologist Dr. H.T. Odum.

CLICK HERE to read John's contribution to ELI's Vibrant Environment Blog. 

Watch John talk about his wetlands work HERE.

Robert Wade – Promoting Awareness
Plumas County Office of Education, California

Rob has worked in the Upper Feather River region of California’s northern Sierra Nevada for the past 25 years. As the Outdoor Education and Science Coordinator for the Plumas County Office of Education  since 1995, Rob has designed, developed, and implemented successful and sustainable K-12 programs in the region built upon a strategic partnership with over 32 agencies and organizations. These partnerships include the 2016 launch of a Next Generation Science Standards strategy, which took outdoor education and stewardship mainstream through the Outdoor Core Mountain Kid K-12 collaborative to help teachers integrate weekly outdoor learning adventures for all students.  In addition to his regional work in California, Rob is a national facilitator and consultant supporting K-12 program development in the land trust community.  Rob is the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Environmental Education Award, presented by the California Environmental Education Foundation. Rob has a BS from the University of California-Berkeley in Conservation & Resource Studies and an MA from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco.

CLICK HERE to read Rob's contribution to ELI's Vibrant Environment Blog. 

Watch Rob talk about his wetlands work HERE.

Sam Lovall– Local Stewardship
Friends of the Detroit River
Detroit, Michigan

Sam has over 35 years of professional landscape architectural experience in design, construction, and grant writing for park, riverfront, trail system, urban, and environmental planning projects. Sam also teaches Planning and Landscape Architecture at Michigan State University. He has been the Project Manager for numerous riparian planning projects in southeast Michigan, and led the development of master plans for the Rouge River Gateway, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Site, and an Opportunity Assessment for the Lower Detroit River. Most recently, Sam was Project Manager for the Friends of the Detroit River, successfully completing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects funded through NOAA at several locations in the Detroit River. His current work involves completing construction to restore Lake Okonoka on Belle Isle and planning for habitat restoration on Sugar Island and at Hennepin Marsh.

CLICK HERE to read Sam's contribution to ELI's Vibrant Environment Blog. 

Watch Sam talk about his wetlands work HERE.

Ted LaGrange – Wetlands Program Development
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Ted has been the Wetland Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 27 years. As Wetland Program Manager, Ted works on a wide variety of wetland issues throughout Nebraska, including partnerships, private land restoration programs, public lands management, research, regulations, and outreach.  Prior to moving to Nebraska, he worked for eight years as a Waterfowl Research Technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ted received his undergraduate and masters degrees in wildlife biology from Iowa State University.  His professional interests are in prairie wetlands and waterfowl/water bird ecology. 

CLICK HERE to read Ted's contribution to ELI's Vibrant Environment Blog.  

Watch Ted talk about his wetlands work HERE.

Mark Beardsley – Business Leadership
Buena Vista, Colorado

Mark is the principal of EcoMetrics and founder of Riparian Reconnect in Buena Vista, Colorado. He has 24 years of experience as an ecologist and geomorphologist, with a specialty in small streams, beaver restoration, monitoring and evaluation, and environmental ethics.  Mark is also heavily involved in Colorado’s stream management planning process and is co-author of holistic stream and wetland health assessment methods including the Functional Assessment of Colorado Streams and the Colorado Stream Health Assessment Framework.  He has also worked as a college biology and chemistry teacher, climbing guide, ski patroller, and avalanche forecaster.  Mark draws from his experience in these diverse fields and scientific disciplines to bring fresh perspectives and creative approaches that draw on the power of natural processes and ecological health in planning Colorado’s water and environmental future. Mark has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology, and a master’s in ecology, all from Colorado State University, and his favorite subject is environmental philosophy.

CLICK HERE to read Mark's contribution to ELI's Vibrant Environment Blog. 

Watch Mark talk about his wetlands work HERE.


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