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Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
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We have some exciting news to share with you. Each year, the Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise honors one of the franchisees as Friend to the Environment. This award recognizes a WBU franchise store owner for his or her efforts that have benefited their community environmentally. Efforts may include, but are not limited to, devoting time, energy or financial resources toward environmental causes such as wildlife habitat or green space preservation, heightened environmental education or awareness, or any other pursuit which has improved the quality of the environment.
At the Annual Meeting this year, I was presented with the Friend to the Environment Award. I am so grateful for being recognized for the efforts that we have made at the Grosse Pointe Woods store. The award would not have been possible without the support of my staff who embrace my recycling philosophies here at the store as well as my environmental philosophies as we educate customers. My inspiration comes from the many people that have touched my life and educated me. I am thankful for them and the ability to share what they have taught me.
Thanks for your role in this award - without customers, it would not have been possible.
For those of you who wish to read more, the following is a transcript of the presentation made by John Schaust, our Chief Naturalist on staff with the Franchise:
"Friend to the Environment"
June 23, 2008
It is my distinct honor to be the presenter of this year’s Wild Birds Unlimited’s Friend to the Environment Award…I look forward to this every year because…
This award recognizes a WBU franchise store owner for his or her efforts that have benefited their community environmentally. Efforts may include, but are not limited to, devoting time, energy or financial resources toward environmental causes such as wildlife habitat or green space preservation, heightened environmental education or awareness, or any other pursuit, which has improved the quality of the environment.
This year we again received a large number of nominations. This has certainly made selecting the winner challenging, but it is very rewarding to see that so many of you are doing great things for the environment in your communities!
In order to recognize their substantial efforts towards being a Friend to the Environment, we are honoring three of this year’s nominees with a special Certificate of Honorable Mention. All of these franchise store owners have made significant contributions in their communities that have improved the quality of the environment. If they would please stand and be recognized when I call their names:
· Andy & Carole Blake – Woodland Hills, CA
· Bob and Carol Bailey – Rockford, IL
· Linda and Kevin Pillow – Kerrville, TX
Congratulations to all of you and thank you for all of your efforts!
I am now honored to present the 2008 “Friend to the Environment” Award to a person who truly shares their passion for birds and the environment and exemplifies the WBU mission of bringing people and nature together… and she does it with excellence!
I am very proud to announce that this year’s recipient is Rosann Kovalcik of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan!
Rosann has indeed played an important role in helping to improve her community’s environmental quality…while also supporting and providing valuable environmental education opportunities for its citizens.
Her achievements include being an active partner with numerous conservation-based organizations. Through the generous donations of her time, money and products, she support’s the activities of groups such as: Metro Beach Nature Center, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Detroit public schools and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
She is also a member of National Audubon Society and the Michigan and Grosse Pointe Audubon Societies, as well as the Nature Conservancy and other local environmental groups.
She has maintained a strong and long-term partnership with the Metro Beach Nature Center, which is part of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks System. Julie Champion is the director of this nature center and here is what she has to say about Rosann:
“Rosann has been a long time supporter of the interpretive program at Metro Beach Nature Center. Metro Beach is part of a regional park system that is supported by the tax payers in the five counties that surround the metropolitan Detroit area. For years, Rosann has donated feeders and seed for our bird feeding area outside our wildlife viewing window. She has also supported our International Migratory Bird Day event by donating shade grown…bird-friendly coffee…that we serve to the public. In 2007, Rosann facilitated a large donation from Eagle Optics of binoculars for use in our public programming. She always helps promote our programs by having our flyers available at her store or by putting the information in her newsletter. She is a wealth of knowledge about the birds in our local region, especially during migration along Lake St. Clair.
She keeps us up on the unusual bird sightings at our park… and relates this information to local bird watching community. She also sponsors the Anchor Bay Christmas Bird Count and always provides the meal for the checklist gathering that evening.”
Julie goes on the say…
“Rosann is very deserving of this award.
Her many efforts directly help wildlife…improve habitat…and help to educate the public about birds and wildlife.”
But Rosann’s efforts do not stop at just helping her local park system…
In order to be more involved in her local school district, Rosann has offered her store as an outlet to sell tickets for a variety of school performances and she also provides support for various environmental education programs in the schools.
Nick DiCresce, a teacher at a local Detroit Charter School, wanted to share a story about Rosann that occurred while he was organizing an earth day event at his urban Detroit school…
The night before the event, he called Rosann in a panic...over 100 students and their families were coming the next day to help convert a portion of the school grounds into a school yard habitat to be certified by National Wildlife Federation. This was twice the number of people he originally expected and he needed additional bird boxes and kits. The next morning, Rosann opened her store two hours early…donated the additional bird houses for the project…and discounted several bird box kits for the children to take home.
Nick states that, “Thanks to Rosann… many Detroit families learned a lot …about how they can turn their own yards into a backyard wildlife habitat.”
Rosann also actively supports the University of Michigan Environmental Interpretive Center and the Whitefish Bay Bird Observatory through the donation and long-term support of their public bird feeding stations…where visitors can observe birds and nature.
In addition to all of this, each month, Rosann conducts numerous bird-related programs for local schools and other organizations… such as at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Museum…where she has led monthly birding field trips for over ten years…creating a checklist of over 180 birds that have been seen at that location. The bird hikes she leads there…have had some of the highest participation rates out of all of the museum’s programs.
And speaking of searching for birds, Rosann has also generously donated weeks of her time to assist the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Ivory-Billed Woodpecker search team during the past two years. First of all, being selected as a member of the search team is no small feat…and if you really want to see Rosann’s passion for birds emerge…just ask her about her experiences in searching for this elusive bird in the swamps of Arkansas.
Rosann is a very proactive conservationist not only in her personal life, but also in the operation of her store. She recycles almost every item possible in her store – including seed bags, paper, cardboard, plastic…if it cannot be recycled…she tries to reuse it…instead of throwing it away… whenever she possibly can.
Another way she has committed to help the environment is to offset her personal energy consumption and carbon footprint by riding her bike to work on the majority of days during the summer months.
Rosann has also re-landscaped virtually her entire yard with native plants that are indigenous to southeastern Michigan. Her own yard has now become the best example for her to use when giving community talks about birds and backyard habitat. She even invites the groups over to visit her yard …to see how beautiful it is …and how well it works for the birds, too.
Rosann has stated that past Friend to the Environment Award Winner, Bob Shanman has always been an inspiration to her…so we asked Bob to return the favor and share a few thoughts about Rosann…here is what he had to say:
“I've known Rosann since 1996 or '97. We hit it off right away as friends, and I count her as one of my best friends in the system. She loves to go birding, and she really does know her EASTERN birds. More importantly, she is passionate about working to protect the environment and habitat. She's not only a member of the choir, but I'm sure that in her community, she's the "choir director" on environmental issues.
As a past recipient of this award(2001)…and it still means a lot to me today…I could not think of a better person to receive it. I am thrilled that she is this year's winner”
So…you have heard the long list of accomplishments that thoroughly demonstrate Rosann’s commitment to quality of the environment…
But Rosann will tell you…that her greatest accomplishment…the one that has brought her the most joy and fulfillment… has been in having the opportunity… and the ability… to touch so many hearts by sharing her love of birds and nature.
Would you please help me congratulate this year’s winner of the Friend to the Environment Award – Rosann Kovalcik.