Earlier this year, Audubon celebrated the good news that Audubon partners and members helped save the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Efforts to save this refuge were spearheaded by Audubon's Everglades Policy Director Celeste De Palma who brought together a successful coalition of Audubon members, conservation partners, and the community.
In addition to helping protect this critical refuge for future generations to enjoy, Celeste's hard work caught the attention of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The association created an award just for Celeste and named her the first National Wildlife Refuge System Advocate of the Year.
In announcing the award, Geoffrey Haskett, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, said, “We are thrilled to present Celeste with our first ever Refuge Advocate Award. Her tireless efforts to protect the Loxahatchee refuge from lease termination went above and beyond her job description at Audubon. We could not ask for a more dedicated advocate for the Refuge System.”