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Audubon Society honors local couple

Joy and Craig Johnson with Whidbey Audubon Society President Ann Casey with the Society’s 2012 Excellence Award. The Johnsons are the first recipients of the award. - Jenny Brown photo
Joy and Craig Johnson with Whidbey Audubon Society President Ann Casey with the Society’s 2012 Excellence Award. The Johnsons are the first recipients of the award.
— image credit: Jenny Brown photo

The Whidbey Audubon Society has chosen Whidbey Island couple Craig and Joy Johnson as the recipients of the first Whidbey Audubon Society Excellence Award.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the mission of Whidbey Audubon to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitat.

The couple was surprised by the award presentation, which took place following their Sept. 13 presentation “Birds, Yard Habitat and Beyond.”

More than 130 people attended the the regular monthly meeting, which is free and open to the public.

According to a press release, the Johnsons have made a unique and lasting contribution to protecting and restoring wildlife and bird habitat through their work with a number of conservation organizations, including Whidbey Audubon Society, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, BirdNote, Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Watershed Stewards, Island County Parks, Washington State Parks, Backyard Wildlife Fair, Sound Waters and Island County Beach Watchers.

By combining original fine art, photographs and graphics with informative and creative writing, the Johnsons have created an impressive and lasting legacy, said the release.

The couple has published four photographic books highlighting the birds of Puget Sound, a children’s book and numerous brochures highlighting the birds and habitat of local areas. They have designed and created interpretive signs at Greenbank Farm, Swan Lake, Earth Sanctuary and Possession Beach Waterfront Park. They have presented several programs at Sound Waters and numerous chapters of the Audubon Society.

Their materials have educated, inspired and motivated thousands of people, according to the release.

The Johnson’s website, pugetsoundbackyardbird.com includes educational resources for teachers and the general public.For information on this award or the Whidbey Audubon Society, go to whidbeyaudubon.org.

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