The Harold Feinberg Conservation Award honors Harold Feinberg, a longtime BCAS member and field trip chairman. Harold was a mentor, an enthusiastic supporter of our endeavors, and always gave freely of his expertise with a combination of patience and knowledge that few possess.
This year’s award winners are Terry Doss and Gaby Schmitt.
Terry Doss is Co-Director and Chief Restoration Scientist of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s Meadowlands Research and Restoration Institute (MRRI), the scientific arm of the NJSEA. In her role, Terry helps to oversee the unique and fragile habitat and wildlife in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
Her eagerness to venture out into the field to study the dynamics of marsh life is endless. She is always seeking to improve native habitats through restoration projects that can include introducing beneficial plants, managing invasive populations, and building suitable nesting habitat for different bird species. Aside from her own work, she is always willing to utilize her personal time and resources to aid in local projects and events that benefit the environment.
Terry is a true hero of the Environment and works everyday to be sure our Meadowlands and its wildlife will be here for future generations to come.
Gaby Schmitt is one of the Deputy Marsh Wardens at the Celery Farm Nature Preserve and the First Vice President and the Conservation Chairperson for the Fyke Nature Association.
Gaby also is a long time Raptor Runner, delivering injured birds to The Raptor Trust for rehabilitation and bringing them back to where they were found for release into the wild. She volunteers once a week at The Raptor Trust, cleaning out cages and tending to injured birds.
A longtime volunteer at the Celery Farm Nature Preserve, she Gaby does everything from planting native trees and flowers to picking invasive plants and cutting invasive vines to giving guided tours to scouts, to patrolling the area. She’s a true environmental hero, working every day to help our environment, wildlife, and the people that love and depend on a healthy ecosystem for all to enjoy and thrive.
Our environment, our community and are world are better because of Terry Doss and Gaby Schmidt. Thanks from all of us at Bergen County Audubon Society.
The award is named in honor of Harold Feinberg, a longtime BCAS member and field trip chairman. Harold was a mentor, an enthusiastic supporter of our endeavors, and always gave freely of his expertise with a combination of patience and knowledge that few possess.