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2013 - Joel Geier

The Homer Campbell Environmental Award, established in 2005, each year recognizes a local individual or organization that has made significant contributions in the areas of environmental stewardship, awareness, and outreach. Contribution worthy of recognition might include, but are not limited to:

  • Promotion of environmentally sustainable practices
  • Leadership on local environmental issues
  • Classroom education of environmental stewardship
  • Habitat restoration or preservation.

Joel Geier receives Environmental Award for 2013

Joel not only models all these contributions in his own practices, but also shares his appreciation of the efforts and contributions of others with enthusiastic praise. He epitomizes good environmental leadership by example and encouragement. Known at Corvallis Audubon for compiling monthly field notes for our CHAT newsletter for several years, Joel is more widely known around the state for participation and promotion of Christmas Bird Counts, and more so in helping develop and spread the use of a web-based open birding database, Bird Notes, for Oregon Field Ornithologists (now Oregon Birding Association)--well before Cornell University’s eBird. With the identification of Important Bird Areas nationally, Joel was instrumental in compiling Oregon ecoregion birding guides, most notably the Cascades and Willamette Valley Birding Trail guides. Locally he has worked on studies of valley grassland bird species, many in decline, like Western Meadowlark, Streaked Horned Lark, American Pipit, and Grasshopper Sparrow.

Joel extends his knowledge of birds and the habitat directly through classroom and field trips to refuges for Salem and Corvallis area charter schools, through local, state and northwest birding and nature list-serves, and through public presentations. More than that, he works with E.E. Wilson State Wildlife Management Area, just beyond his front yard. Most notably Luckiamute State Natural Area has no greater advocate and volunteer, where he continues to lead many volunteer habitat restoration work parties.

Joel’s working knowledge of habitats helps him locate and work to protect many valley plant communities as well, through developing workable and realistic solutions with the landowner, be they individual or a public entity.

We congratulate Joel for his tireless work on behalf of Willamette Valley birds and habitat restoration, and for their conservation through education and leadership—thank you!

Jim Fairchild, ASC President

(Former Recipients)

 
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