Apalachee Audubon Society
Chapter Awards

The Apalachee Audubon Society Chapter of the National Audubon Society (hereafter referred to as the Chapter or AAS) located in the Big Bend of Florida, offers several awards to recognize individuals, organizations and/or businesses that aid in the accomplishment of the Chapter’s mission.  Any chapter member may submit a nomination.  There are six award categories that recognize exceptional contributions of time and talent, as well as monetary contributions.   The requirements for eligibility are presented in the following table.  
More than one award may be made in each category in any one year.  However, the Chapter is not obligated to make an award in any category every year.  The Meritorious Service, Great Egret, and Presidential Recognition awards parallel awards conferred by the National Audubon Society.   Therefore, the Chapter Awards Committee may submit local nominees to the National Audubon Society for broader recognition.

Award Category and Associated Criteria for Eligibility

Category Purpose Criteria for Eligibility

Elizabeth J. Platt Meritorius Service Award

To publicly acknowledge and express gratitude to outstanding Chapter activists.
This award may be granted to members who have sustained outstanding leadership as a Chapter officer, committee chairperson, special project leader, fund-raiser, activist, membership recruiter or other category appropriate to the Chapter.
Great Egret Award

To publicly acknowledge and express gratitude to individuals who have made significant long-term contributions to conservation in pursuit of the Audubon mission.

This award is granted to individuals have been in the “trenches” for 20 years or more working for the Audubon missions, either as a volunteer or staff member. This individual has made significant contributions within the Chapter, a center, state, region, or national levels of the Audubon Society.

Presidential Recognition Award

To publicly acknowledge and express gratitude to individuals or businesses within the Chapter who have made significant service or monetary contributions to the Chapter. This award is granted to individuals or businesses who have provided exceptional services or monetary aid to the Chapter in support of its mission. Often used for individuals who are not active Chapter leaders, or to recognize business contributions.
Media Award To recognize outstanding reporting in newspapers, radio or television on an environmental issue of relevance to the local communities served by the AAS. This award is granted to a reporter, editorial writer or publisher for exceptional coverage of an environmental topic during the past year. Although this award is intended for a journalist from the general public, the recipient may also be a member of the AAS.
Community Leadership Award To publicly acknowledge an individual or organization, within the local communities served by the AAS, who has demonstrated leadership in advancing the Chapter’s mission. This award is granted to an individual or group outside of the AAS for successful involvement in a specific environmental project during the past year. The project must be relevant to the Chapter’s mission; “Protection of the environment through education, appreciation, and conservation".
Junior Leadership Award To recognize the contribution of a young person from the communities served by the AAS towards advancing the Chapter’s mission. This award is granted to an individual 20 years of age or younger whose volunteer efforts during the past year have advanced the Chapter’s mission; “Protection of the environment through education, appreciation, and conservation”.  The recipient is not required to be a member of the AAS.

The AAS on-line Award Nomination form can be found here.

The AAS Award Nomination form in PDF
(portable document format) can be found here.

A table of the awards granted in recent years can be found here.
An award consists of a dated certificate that is signed by the AAS President.
The certificate identifies the award category,  the recipients name,
and a brief statement of relevant accomplishments.

This page was updated on 14 January 2009 by John Boutelle