Audubon New York 2018 Keesee Award Luncheon

Thanks to all who joined us to celebrate this year's honorees and their conservation achievements!

Honorees Laura O'Donohue and John McPhee. Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon


A recognized leader in organic farming and environmental education, Laura owns and manages Snow Hill Farm in North Salem, NY. Snow Hill Farm responsibly grows fresh healthful foods while conserving natural resources, is a proud member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Watershed Agricultural Council, and New York Farm Bureau, and has been awarded a Bird Habitat Certification for its habitat management plan. Laura’s passion for sustainable farming also inspired her and her husband Kevin to establish the O’Donohue Family Educational Farm at Stanford University, a living      laboratory dedicated to teaching and demonstrating small-scale agriculture for the next generation of leaders in sustainable food systems. Laura is a member of the board of Audubon New York and sits on the Rachel Carson Awards Council of the Audubon Women in Conservation program.


Widely considered one of the pioneers of the creativenonfiction genre, John is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and educator. He was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University and began his writing career at Time magazine, which led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. He is the author of over 30 books, including Coming into the country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), Draft No. 4 (2017), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the former world (1999). McPhee is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and has served as the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University since 1974.

Click here for desciptions of each of these prestigious awards and the listing of past honorees.

Funds raised through the Luncheon 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.

The Thomas Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award & the Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing

The Thomas Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award & the Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing

An overview of the Keesee Award and the Writing Award given annual at at Audubon New York's Keesee Luncheon.

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Audubon New York Honors Laura O’Donohue and John McPhee
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Audubon New York Honors Laura O’Donohue and John McPhee

Conservationists are honored at the annual Keesee Award Luncheon in New York City on November 7.

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Photos from the 2018 Keesee Award Luncheon

Diane Lewis, David Yarnold, Lucy Waletzky, Laura O'Donohue. Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Honorees Laura O'Donohue and John McPhee. Photo: Sunny Norton/Guest of a Guest
Laura O'Donohue and Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum. Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Director of Audubon New York Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Members of the Keesee family. Photo: Sunny Norton/Guest of a Guest

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