Every year Audubon Florida recognizes the state's leading conservationists with a suite of annual awards. This year awards were presented both virtually and as part of a small, local ceremony in Southwest Florida held at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on December 2.
Florida's natural resources are protected by enforcing the laws that are essential to protecting Florida's landscapes and wildlife. Audubon Florida recognizes Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Jody Criswell as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for her hard work to protect the habitats that make our state so special.
Officer Criswell has gone above and beyond to protect shorebirds and seabirds nesting on both the beaches and rooftops.
Officer Criswell has gone above and beyond, particularly in enforcing protections for the Least Tern colony on a rooftop in Clearwater this breeding season. These nesting seabirds are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance. Criswell has been proactive in determining protections for the birds and has acted quickly when enforcement of protective regulations was needed.