Nominations for CWF Women & Wildlife Awards Accepted Until Aug. 19

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Aug 14, 2019

“Women in science have come a long way since a National Geographic editor once called Jane Goodall ‘the blond girl studying apes,’” Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey notes in a recent blog post. “That ‘girl,’ of course, went on to become a world-renowned researcher famous for her meticulous field studies of chimpanzees, (and) as a tireless advocate for the natural world.”

For the past 14 years, the nonprofit CWF has celebrated women who contribute to the protection of the state’s wildlife, especially endangered and threatened species, and inspire the next generation of female leaders. Nominations for the 2019 Women & Wildlife Awards – which includes three categories: Leadership, Inspiration and Education – will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 19.

“You are invited to nominate a woman for using her time and talent to protect New Jersey’s wildlife in recognition of her achievements, the advances she has made for women in her profession, her efforts to increase awareness of rare species and the habitats they depend on, and her contributions to New Jersey’s wildlife,” CWF explains. “By acknowledging these special individuals, we hope to encourage more young women to strive to make a positive impact on species and habitat protection, especially through the biological sciences.”

Past honorees include Martha Maxwell-Doyle, project coordinator for estuary protection and restoration at the Barnegat Bay Partnership, and Sharon Petzinger, senior zoologist with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

The nomination form is online at conservewildlifenj.org. Nominations submitted last year will automatically be reconsidered this year.

For more information, contact Liz Silvernail, CWF Director of Development, at 609-292-3707 or liz.silvernail@conservewildlifenj.org.  —J.K.-H.

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