Local Hero Awards 2020

Thank you to all who joined us for our first ever digital Local Hero Awards, where we honored the incredible work of Sejal Choksi-Chugh, John Muir Laws, Vincent Medina, and Avalon Qian.

If you missed it, please find a recording of the Zoom event below. A big congratulations to our 2020 Local Heroes!

Bay Nature’s 2020 Local Heroes

Conservation Action Award

Sejal Choksi-Chugh
Executive Director, Baykeeper

Environmental Educator Award

John Muir Laws
Founder, Nature Journal Club

Community Hero Award

Vincent Medina
Co-Founder, mak-‘amham

Young Leader Award

Avalon Qian
Course Director, GirlVentures

Individual Sponsors:

Louis Berlot & Joyce Cutler
Dr. Barbara L. Bessey
Marilyn & Nat Goldhaber
Jorgen Hildebrandt
David Loeb
Andrea Mackenzie
Mia Monroe
Maryann Rainey
Helen & Allan Ridley
Don Weden
Nancy & Bart Westcott

In-Kind Sponsors:

Alice Frost Studio
Anchor Brewing
Artist & Craftsman Supply
Berkeley City Club
Big Basin Tent Cabins and Gift Shop
Black Heron Inn
Cafe Ohlone
California Native Plant Society
Clif Family Winery
Commerce Printing Services
Descanso Beach Ocean Sports
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Dolphin Charters
Eddie Dunbar
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Ecology Center
Footloose Forays
Bruce Hartsough & Leslianne Lee Hartsough
Island Packers Cruises
Lake Shasta Caverns & Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises
Little Basin Campground and Events
John Muir Laws
Terry & John Miller
Liam O’Brien
Paradise Birding
Poseidon Vineyard / Obsidian Wine Co.
Presidio Lodging
Santa Barbara Adventure Company
SF Bay Adventures
Sisters Dream Inn
Sisters Vacation Rentals
Sue Johnson Lamps
Tam Hiking Tours
The Inn at Shasta Lake
Toyon Grill
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Wildland Trekking
Yolo Basin Foundation

Special Thanks:

Melissa de Gant
Jacqueline Gauthier
Trish Hare
Debra Schwartz
Georgia Sprague

Organizational Sponsors:

Valley Oak

Anna’s Hummingbird

Mariposa Lily

Coho Salmon

East Bay Municipal Utility District
March Conservation Fund
Peninsula Open Space Trust
Potrero Group
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
Save Mount Diablo
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Sonoma County Ag + Open Space
Union Bank
Valley Water

Header image: Graphic design by Jacqueline Gauthier, art by John Muir Laws.
Photo credits: Photos of Sejal, John, Vincent, and Avalon by Andrea Laue.