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The Thomas Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award

The Thomas Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award Overview

The Thomas W. Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award is presented annually by Audubon New York to honor the individual or individuals who have shown remarkable leadership and commitment, particularly in New York State, to Audubon's mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Click here for information on this year's Keesee Award honorees. 

Our previous honorees include:

2016-- Christopher (Kim) Elliman
2015---Honeywell
2014---Alexander E. Zagoreos
2013---Allison Whipple Rockefeller
2012---Virginia Stowe and Margot Ernst
2011---Carol Browner and Toyota
2010---John Flicker
2009---Audubon New York's Founding Chairman Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff
2008---George E. Pataki and Peter Berle*
2007---New York State and City Parks Commissioners Carol Ash and Adrian Benepe
2006---Wendy Paulson
2004---Marian S. Heiskell
2003---Samuel F. Pryor
2002---John Bierwirth
2001---Donal C. O'Brien

*In Memoriam

The Award is given at the annual Audubon New York Fall Benefit Luncheon. Funds raised support Audubon New York's statewide programs. These programs include science-based conservation to protect New York's more than 100 Important Bird Areas, environmental education for 250,000 young people and adults through eight Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries, and grassroots advocacy partnership with 27 local chapters.

The Audubon New York Fall Benefit, Keesee Award Luncheon underwrites the ongoing conservation work that makes Audubon New York one of the leading conservation organizations in the New York State. These conservation efforts take place within five priority areas of:

  • Working Lands
  • Coasts
  • Water
  • Climate
  • Bird-Friendly Communities

Funds raised support Audubon New York's statewide programs including science-based conservation to protect New York's more than 100 Important Bird Areas, environmental education for 250,000 young people and adults through eight Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries, and grassroots advocacy partnership with 27 local chapters. All of this is made possible through the generous support of the many individuals, corporations, and foundations that have supported the Luncheon since its inception in 2001.