2020 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Celebration Honoring Shelia Hargis

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October 2, 2020 at 6pm, A Virtual Event

2020 Conservation Hero Shelia Hargis

Travis Audubon is thrilled to honor Shelia Hargis with our 2020 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award.

Hargis’s dedication as a Crime Intelligence Analyst Supervisor with the Austin Police Department is rivaled only by her passion for birds and birding.

In her 22-year tenure as a Travis Audubon volunteer, Hargis’s efforts have helped transform TAS from a local birding club to perhaps the premier conservation organization in Central Texas. Hargis served on the Travis Audubon Board of Directors for 12 years, including two as Board President (2004-2006). During her tenure, she hired staff, led the fundraising for and subsequent acquisition of ten acres to Baker Sanctuary, and oversaw the donation of Chaetura Canyon to Travis Audubon. She currently serves on the TAS Advisory Board.

Hargis’s commitment to sharing the joy of birding spans the whole state. As the President of the Texas Ornithological Society from May 2017 – April 2020, Hargis led the effort to add wildlife sanctuary acreage, facilitated membership meetings across Texas, and built organizational capacity.

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Former Recipients

2020
Shelia Hargis
Conservationist

2019
Chris Harte
Conservationist

2018
George Cofer
Founding Chief Executive Officer, Hill Country Conservancy

2017
Mickey Burleson
Prairie Conservationist

2016
Valarie Bristol
Former Travis County Commissioner

2015
Bob Ayres
Trustee, Shield-Ayres Foundation

2014
Georgean Kyle and Paul Kyle
Chaetura Canyon Stewards

2013
David Bamberger
President, Bamberger Ranch Preserve

2012
Carter Smith
Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

2011
Andrew Sansom
Executive Director, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University-San Marcos

2010
Victor Emanuel
President, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours