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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Founding Chief Executive Officer, Hill Country Conservancy
Former Travis County Commissioner
Trustee, Shield-Ayres Foundation
Georgean Kyle and Paul Kyle
Chaetura Canyon Stewards
President, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Executive Director, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University-San Marcos
President, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours