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Emily at Ballona Wetlands

Los Angeles Audubon is excited to share the news that Emily Reed has been honored with a Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Conservation Fund. This award recognizes local people for their commitment to reversing the decline of wildlife and engaging communities in conservation.. Recipients from around the world were nominated by nonprofit environmental organizations, and each honoree and his or her nominating organization will share a $1,500 award from the fund.

Los Angeles Audubon Education Director, Cindy Hardin said, “Emily Reed first visited the Ballona Wetlands on a school field trip as a teacher with El Rancho School District. While on this trip she saw firsthand that it was an important and relevant learning experience for her second grade students. After retiring from a 30-year teaching career, Emily enrolled in Los Angeles Audubon's docent training program at Ballona. Emily’s teaching experience gives her unique insight to the needs and challenges of the teachers who bring more than 2500 students to Ballona each year. Emily is an exemplary nature docent educating students about the importance of wetlands as habitat, migratory bird resting areas, and the environmental services that wetlands provide. We are so grateful to Emily and to all of our volunteer docents who are connecting underserved youth to the wonders of nature.”

The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since 2004, Disney has honored more than 100 Conservation Heroes from around the world for their extraordinary conservation efforts.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of 2016 Conservation Hero Award recipients, visit Disney.com/Conservation.

For more information about Los Angeles Audubon and ways to get involved in environmental stewardship, visit www.laaudubon.org