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Announcing Bay Nature’s 2023 Local Heroes

October 18, 2022

Each year, Bay Nature recognizes remarkable local leaders and activists in conservation and nature with our annual Local Hero Awards. They reflect the diverse communities around the Bay Area, and they have all made significant contributions to protecting our local environment. Today, we announce the 2023 heroes.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and congratulations to our awardees. We look forward to honoring our heroes at an in-person celebration in the spring.

Learn more about each of our heroes at the full announcement.

Environmental Educator

Community Hero: Blanca Olivia Hernández
Director of Program & Partnerships, YES Nature to Neighborhoods

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Community Hero

Omar Gallardo
New Audiences Manager, LandPaths

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Conservation Action

Stuart B. (Stu) Weiss
Chief scientist and Founder, Creekside Center for Earth Observation aka Creekside Science

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Young Leader

Alexii Sigona
Youth Group Leader, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

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