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Established in 1985, the Mamie Campbell Award is given to our most important and dedicated volunteers. Established in 2012, the Audubon Society of Portland Youth Leadership Award is given to young volunteers who demonstrate leadership and a deep commitment to learning about and caring for the environment.

Youth Leadership Award

Established in 2012, the Audubon Society of Portland Youth Leadership Award is given to young volunteers who demonstrate leadership and a deep commitment to learning about and caring for the environment. This year we recognize Lucian Himes. Lucian exemplifies the youth of today who are learning about the environment and sharing their knowledge with others. Just last year, he donated over 100 hours sharing that knowledge with other young people through leading sanctuary tours and helping with children’s classes. According to Ian Abraham, our Onsite Program Specialist, “Lucian’s growth as a sanctuary tour leader has been impressive! He has become adept at working with students his own age and younger. His understanding of the Natural History of the Audubon Sanctuary is a true asset to the sanctuary tour program, and we thank him for his tremendous work and commitment to Portland Audubon.”

The inaugural recipients of this award were Christopher and Adrian Hinkle.

Generosity and Commitment: The Mamie Campbell Award

2014 volunteer award winners
The 2014 volunteer award winners. Back row: David Mandell, Gary Michaelis, Mike Skinner, Martin Dick. Front row: Linda Gipe, Rochelle Teeny, Trudi Stone.

The Audubon Society of Portland takes special pride that it is a volunteer organization. Much of what we accomplish is through the generosity and commitment of our more than 1,000 volunteers.

Each year, during the festivities at the annual banquet, Portland Audubon commemorates its most dedicated volunteers by awarding the Mamie Campbell award for volunteer achievement.

Established in 1985, the Mamie Campbell Award is given to our most important and dedicated volunteers. Award criteria include (1) sustained and long-term commitment to PAS, (2) multifaceted volunteer service (in several different program areas), and (3) the importance of the work to PAS and/or the leadership and role model qualities of the individual.

Mamie Campbell was an important figure in Audubon’s early years.  A long-time and active volunteer herself, Mamie was instrumental in establishing the Jr. Audubon Club in Portland.  Mamie was an ardent conservationist and helped distribute environmental brochures to area schools in the 1920s and 30s.  She was also a tireless leader of the Lucy Club, which organized Portland Audubon Society social and special events during the early 1900s and was named after Lucy Audubon, the wife of James Audubon.

The Mamie Campbell Award is the highest honor given to Audubon volunteers, and it recognizes the dedication and service each recipient has tirelessly given. In 2014, Audubon staff presented the Mamie Campbell Award to eight deserving volunteers.

Since 2010, Linda Gipe has volunteered 1,280 hours. You’ll find her welcoming guests and answering telephones as a receptionist every other Wednesday afternoon, and that’s after she’s already been volunteering three hours helping Membership with their database. According to Pam Meyers, Membership Manager, “Linda is awesome. Not only is she uber-accurate, organized and efficient in the work she does, but she is FUN to work with! Linda is always willing to take on whatever varied tasks need to be accomplished.” On the other Wednesday afternoons (and often another day of the week as well), the Wildlife Care Center benefits from Linda’s help inputting the information from the 10,000 phone calls they get every year. According to Joe Liebezeit, our Avian Conservation Program Manager, “Linda has gone the extra mile to get the care center phone tracking data into tip-top shape;” and Lacy Campbell, our Care Center Operations Manager, says Linda “brightens up the office, and beyond that, she can actually decipher the telephone logs!” Linda is also a member of the Volunteer Council, offering her leadership and guidance to the Volunteer Program.

David Mandell’s affiliation with Portland Audubon goes back nearly 20 years as someone who was (and still remains) an avid birder. It was obvious when he joined Portland Audubon’s Board of Directors that his excellent birding skills were just one of the many talents he brings to the organization. Meryl Redisch, our Executive Director, was thrilled when David enthusiastically embraced a leadership role just as Portland Audubon considered some ambitious plans. As Board President, Meryl says, “he’s available, welcoming and has soundly guided the organization through some complex planning processes that have resulted in positive outcomes.” In addition to serving as President, David chairs and participates on several committees and still finds time to co-lead international ecotours and Birdathon teams. In the midst of performing his duties as President, David also changed jobs but always sought to find ways to keep his commitment to Portland Audubon.

Gary Michaelis has donated more than 600 hours to Audubon over the years he’s volunteered. He’s helped with the Wild Arts Festival and has been on the “Night Flight” Halloween Committee from its beginning in 2009. Gary wrote a grant to procure funds through his “day job” for Audubon’s satellite camp program, making it possible for us to reach out to underserved communities. According to Nancy Mattson, Nature Store Manager, “Gary is one of those dedicated volunteers who works a demanding full-time job yet still finds ample time to volunteer at Audubon. How does he do it? In addition to volunteering in the Nature Store on weekends, he uses his vacation days to volunteer. Gary has hauled so much stuff to and from off-site events that we are thinking of having our logo painted on the side of his truck. And Gary believes in ‘two-fers.’ When Gary works, we often get the bonus of his wife Barbara’s help as well. Gary’s smart, well-organized and has the most important trait for a Nature Store volunteer: he’s always friendly and helpful!”

In a few short years, Rochelle Teeny has given nearly 1,000 volunteer hours to Audubon. She’s been essential to the success of the Wildlife Care Center online auction since the very beginning. Deb Sheaffer, our Staff Veterinarian, says “Rochelle’s the IT person and our number one problem solver.” She’s also indispensable when it comes to the Wildlife Care Center’s intake data base. Rochelle has helped with some computer support, given presentations on behalf of the Speakers’ Bureau, and rescued animals as part of the Wild Animal Rescue and Transport team. Lacy Campbell, our Wildlife Care Center Operations Manager, doesn’t know what they’d do without her. “She manages the database, wrangles the auction website, and is just plain fun to be around.”

Trudi Stone has been volunteering every Wednesday afternoon in the Wildlife Care Center since 2006, and, if you happen to miss her there, you’ll find her handling our education birds. Every week she has Hazel the Northern Spotted Owl and Jack and Lillie the American Kestrels out for our visitors to see up close. In total, she’s donated over 1,700 volunteer hours to the Audubon Society of Portland. According to Deb Sheaffer, our Staff Veterinarian, “Trudi’s great to have around for bird identification. On top of that, she’s happy to tackle any job and is a lot of fun to work with.” She was one of the first people Wildlife Care Center Operations Manager Lacy Campbell worked with at Audubon, and Lacy says she’ll never forget Trudi’s help and contagious smile.

Bob Thompson is truly an unsung hero of Audubon, with most of his volunteering happening behind the scenes. He’s a WART! That’s our Wild Animal Rescue and Transport team, and he’s been rescuing animals since 2008. According to the Wildlife Care Center staff, “Bob is always willing to go the extra mile… and mile… and mile… to pick up an injured or sick bird. Bob is a problem solver and always has good ideas on how to improve things.” He’s the go-to guy that the Wildlife Care Center calls when an animal needs transporting. He’s also wonderful to have around when you need a big, huge, gargantuan repair or remodeling done. He’s helped out in that respect in the sanctuary, in the Wildlife Care Center, and in the Nature Store. Our guests, the animals we care for, and all of us have benefited from Bob’s efforts. In fact, Nancy Mattson, Nature Store Manager, says “Bob stepped in at a moment’s notice to build our Yard, Garden & Patio Show booth this spring. For us it was a daunting project, but he eagerly took on the job of designing, sourcing materials and constructing a beautiful showcase for Audubon’s Nature Store and Backyard Habitat Conservation Programs.”

Martin Dick began volunteering at Audubon in 2009, and there’s been no stopping him. He had a shift in the Wildlife Care Center for several years, and although he had to give that up, he still comes to the care center every Saturday afternoon to be the Education Bird Assistant. As such, he makes sure all of the education birds are properly cared for, their diets are prepared correctly, enrichment is given so their minds stay stimulated, and their enclosures are cleaned. He also spends hours each Saturday talking with visitors about the ed birds. Martin has rescued injured animals and brought them to the care center, and is a member of Audubon’s Diversity Team. He’s also on the Volunteer Council, demonstrating his leadership and dedication to the Volunteer Program time and time again. The care center staff appreciates the constant smile on Martin’s face and the fact that he’s ready to jump into any ed bird program when called upon to do so.

If you’re going to lead a trip or teach a class, you want Mike Skinner there to help you. He’s donated 1,650 hours in those capacities and has also participated in Birdathon. Mike graduated from the Master Birder program in 2008 and has since assisted with our “School of Birding” and our “World of Birds” classes. He’s also co-led trips to Central Oregon and Arizona. Steve Robertson, our Education Director, describes Mike as “super thoughtful, friendly and always willing and able to ‘get you on a bird.’” That means, unless the bird flies away of course, he’s going to make sure every birder in the group, no matter how long it takes, will see each and every bird during a class or on a trip. Steve goes on to say that “Mike’s experience and good judgment have helped make every trip he’s assisted with a success.”

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