Bay Nature’s 2016 Local Hero Awards Dinner: Photos

Bay Nature Institute's Local Hero Awards Dinner, March 20, 2016
Bay Nature Institute’s Local Hero Awards Dinner was held at the UCSF-Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco

Bay Nature Institute’s sold-out Local Hero Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 20, 2016 brought together parks and open space managers, conservation advocates, nature lovers, and Bay Nature supporters from throughout the Bay Area. We celebrated three extraordinary Local Heroes and one very special “Bay Nature Hero”: retired Heyday Books publisher and Bay Nature co-founder Malcolm Margolin. “This Land is Your Land” celebrated 100 years of the National Park Service and the 15th anniversary of Bay Nature. Guest speaker Chris Lehnertz, superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, spoke about the importance of making the National Parks relevant for the next generation.

Below are some selected photos from the event. All photos taken by Scott Braley. To view a lot more photos from the evening, click here.

l to r: Bay Nature Publisher/Executive Director David Loeb, 2016 Local Hero for Youth Engagement Naftali Moed, Bay Nature board member Nancy Westcott


Golden Gate National Recreation Area General Superintendent Chris Lehnertz was the evening’s keynote speaker.


Golden Gate Raptor Observatory founder and executive director Allen Fish received Bay Nature’s 2016 Local Hero Award for Environmental Education.


Andrea Mackenzie, general manager of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, received Bay Nature’s 2016 Local Hero Award for Conservation Action.


Bay Nature co-founder, Heyday Books publisher, and author Malcolm Margolin received a special “Bay Nature Hero Award” for his invaluable contributions to the birth of Bay Nature magazine.


Malcolm Margolin receives his own personalized Bay Nature cover from Bay Nature publisher David Loeb.


Local Heroes l to r: Naftali Moed, Allen Fish, NPS ranger and 2013 Local Hero Mia Monroe, Malcolm Margolin, Andrea Mackenzie


l to r: Rosemary Cameron, Save The Redwoods League; Bob Doyle, East Bay Regional Parks District; Shelly Lewis and Cecily Harris, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District


Bay Nature Associate Director Judith Katz with Kathleen and Dan Brenzel


l to r: Perl Perlmutter, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger; Sibella Kraus, SAGE; Megan Medeiros, Committee for Green Foothills; Steve Abbors, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; Andrea Mackenzie, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority


l to r: Elise Letedjou-Dura, Santa Clara Valley Water District; Bay Nature Associate Director Judith Katz


Retired Bay Nature Board Chair Larry Orman with Mia Monroe, Muir Woods Site Supervisor


l to r: Bay Nature board member Nancy Westcott; Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; Bay Nature publisher David Loeb; Diane Poslosky, Environmental Traveling Companions; Danita Rodriguez, California State Parks

WANT TO SEE MORE PHOTOS? Click here to view all images from the 2016 Local Hero Awards Dinner. Hope to see you next year!