Don Boucher and Lisa Millbank are the winners of the Homer Campbell
Environmental Award for 2012. They have both exemplified green living and
have guided many people in appreciating and understanding the natural world.
Both of them exemplify environmentally sustainable practices, both in their
daily life and also in how they communicate this to others. They are never
"preachy" but are always demonstrating how it's possible to live happily
without a car, commute by bicycle, work in the community gardens, enjoy and
respect nature, and so on. Many of us wish that we could live up to their
Both of them show leadership on local environmental issues, again mostly by
example. Through their organization Neighborhood Naturalist, they conduct
nature walks for the public at which they point out interesting features --
birds, plants, tracks, mammals, insects, scat, herps, and so on. They
consistently encourage mid-valley residents to focus on the environment that
is close to all of our back yards. In so doing, without being strident in
any way, they give others the knowledge and sense of attachment that is so
vital to environmental advocacy.
Also through Neighborhood Naturalist, they publish a seasonal newsletter
that highlights an interesting plant, animal, or other organism, promoting
education and exploration to all ages. The Neighborhood Naturalist web site
also features photos, sounds, and videos they have made of local wildlife as
well as educational materials for downloading.
Through Neighborhood Naturalist, they have been instrumental in making the
first two years of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition's Natural Areas
Celebration Week a resounding success. The Neighborhood Naturalist program
led many of the hikes during the celebration week and helped us introduce
plants, animals and local natural areas to over 300 members of our
community. In addition to the hikes, they also offered a showing of their
movie, A Mid-Valley Safari, as well as a collection of high quality photos
illustrating bird migration. They were instrumental in creating posters and
fliers for the event.
Their Birding in the Willamette Valley and Birding By Ear classes offered
through the Corvallis Environmental Center over many years have introduced
many local residents to the natural world around us. When opportunities are
posted to work on habitat restoration and preservation, Don and Lisa have
shown up and worked hard, usually adding quite a bit to the event by sharing
their knowledge with other volunteers.
Don and Lisa's passion for the outdoors is obvious in how dedicated they are
to sharing their knowledge with those around them. Their natural talent for
observing, attracting and documenting wildlife is truly a gift that we are
thankful they are so willing to share.