AWARDS and RECOGNITION
Honoring the Achievements of Wild At Heart
Wild At Heart was one of five recipients from around the world to receive an award from the International Festival of Owls and its World Owl Hall of Fame (see 2015 tab). The purpose of the World Owl Hall of Fame is to bring public recognition to the owls and humans who have done great things to make this world a better place for owls. Three types of awards are given out each year: the Lady Gray’l Award (for owls), the Champion of Owls Award (for humans), and the Special Achievement Award (for humans).
The Special Achievement Award is for humans who have made a significant contribution to owls through a specific project or for efforts in a specific geographic area. The Special Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Global Owl Project. This year’s award to Wild At Heart was in recognition of its ongoing work with its foster owl program, its habitat-oriented program for relocating Burrowing Owls, and, its breeding program to help reintroduce the endangered Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl into Arizona.”
2014 Arizona’s Cox Conserves Heroes
After narrowing down the field to the remaining three candidates for the Arizona’s 2014 Cox Conserves Heroes program, Wild At Heart’s Greg Clark was named Arizona’s 2014 Cox Conserves Hero. This award in honor of volunteers that make a significant conservation impact and who are creating or preserving outdoor spaces. This award helped bring greater awareness to the at-risk Burrowing Owls, to the program created by Wild At Heart and, a $10,000 donation that will help to continue support this valuable program.
Arizona’s Cox Conserves Heroes Finalists…HERE.
2011 John Muir Conservation Award
Outstanding Achievement Award
On November 5th 2011, Wild At Heart received the 34th annual John Muir Conservation Award for “Outstanding achievement by a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental protection, or demonstrated significant achievement or leadership in the advancement of environmental protection or conservation”.
Wild At Heart was honored for their Burrowing Owl and Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl conservation, habitat, and captive breeding work as well as Wild At Heart’s raptor rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
From the John Muir Awards Ceremony: “Wild at Heart is an all-volunteer raptor rescue organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Arizona’s native wildlife. Their facilities are always open to assist raptors needing medical treatment. Their projects include burrowing owl habitat restoration and active relocation of owls threatened by development. The organization also has a program to bring the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl back from the brink of extinction. Wild at Heart is a strong proponent of education by taking non-releasable raptors to schools and events, and by providing and a Junior Volunteer program.”