ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARDS
Each year, the Acadia Birding Festival gives back to the local community by presenting the Environmental Stewardship Award (and a donation) to one or two organizations that focus on protecting and improving habitats and ecosystems, and/or educating the public about the importance of habitat preservation. If not for these special places of protected land, we would not have the diversity of bird and wildlife that so many of you come to enjoy.
Penobscot Watershed Eco Center, located in Bar Harbor, has a mission "to increase our understanding and appreciation for the Character, History and Future of the Penobscot River Watershed." The Center features the Living Web exhibit, highlighting cultural and ecosystem connections from the headwaters to the sea, using the Penobscot River, from Mount Katahdin to the Penobscot Bay, as a focal point. Interconnections between the natural history and human history in the Penobscot watershed is used as a teaching tool to emphasize the importance of restoring the alewives and other important diadromous fish that migrate along traditional routes from Katahdin to the sea.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust, with a local office in Somesville, conserves and stewards Maine's coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners. MCHT's organizational values include: A commitment to voluntary land conservation, embracing the highest ethical standards, dedication to excellence in their work, and working in a collaborative, pragmatic and problem solving fashion.
Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands, located in Rockland, is a
non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local
individuals dedicated to supporting the Maine Coastal Islands National
Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich
diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.
Frenchman Bay Partners is located in Bar Harbor. Its mission is to ensure that the Frenchman Bay area is ecologically, economically and socially healthy and resilient in the face of future challenges. The vision of the Frenchman Bay Partners is a healthy and sustainable future for Frenchman Bay where multiple users can enjoy the inherent beauty and benefit from the ecological and economic viability of the bay. The ABF 2013 award went specifically to Jane Disney to further her research on eelgrass in Frenchman's Bay. Eelgrass is an ecologically and economically valuable marine flowering plant which provides habitat to a variety of marine organisms, serves as a food source for others, and helps to stabilize sediments and improve water quality.