Heroes of Conservation Award
The Conservation for the Oceans Foundation is pleased to announce its first series of awards for Heroes of Conservation in the categories of “Earth”, “Water”, and “Climate”. This award is presented to those who have excelled in the areas of conservation, field research, and community outreach. Our award recipients share a common focus on the global challenges affecting the future sustainability of our natural resources as well as the importance of educating and inspiring the community, at all levels of society, about how our combined efforts can help combat these environmental issues. It is our hope that this award will help raise awareness about those who are making a significant contribution towards the improvement of conservation projects around the world.
2007 Award Recipients
James Fowler, one of the world’s best-known naturalists, has educated the American public about wildlife and wilderness through television and public appearances for more than thirty years. He served with Marlin Perkins first as co-host and later as host of one of the pioneering series of wildlife television, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”. He also hosted “Mutual of Omaha’s Spirit of Adventure” and is well-known for his appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. In addition, Fowler has kept an energetic schedule of public appearances at schools and wildlife organizations around the country.
Rob Stewart was born in Toronto and studied biology at the University of Western Ontario. An award-winning wildlife photographer, he spent four years travelling the world as the chief photographer for Canadian Wildlife Federation magazine. His photography has appeared in numerous publications, including “BBC Wildlife,” “Asian Diver,” “Outpost” and “Geo.” He has also contributed to the Discovery Channel, ABC, BBC and several feature films. Sharkwater (06) is his directorial debut.
Paul Mayer has more than a half century of service to the earth including 18 years as a monk, involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement in the South, and work as a liberation theologian in the barrios of Central America. He has worked with Japanese atom bomb survivors, Pastors for Peace, reconciliation efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and anti-nuclear efforts in New Jersey. He was a co-founder of the Children of War organization, and his work with indigenous people brought him to the United Nations Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been involved with United for Peace and Justice and the New York City Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders in work for peace and justice in Iraq and the Gulf region. Most recently he was a co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition. Father Paul has an active wedding ministry and is a Yoga practitioner and teacher.
Bindi is the daughter of The Crocodile Hunter Steve and Terri Irwin. She was born in 1998 in Australia and she lives in “Australia Zoo” with her mum Terri and little brother Robert, her dad Steve Irwin died a tragic death, while filming a documentary about “the oceans deadliest” on September 4th 2006. Bindi’s upcoming TV-series “Jungle girl” is expected to air on the Discovery Kids channel. Bindi loves animal just like her mum and dad, and she is expected to carry on her fathers legacy.