Honoree 2014 – Michael Dresser

Congrats to Michael Dresser for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Dresser_MichaelName:  Michael Dresser

Nominating Organization:  Irvine Ranch Conservancy     

Honoree Category:  Animals & Environment

Why Nominated:  Michael truly understands that there are myriad ways to connect to the land, and we believe he has tried just about everyone. From scientific experiments to leading hikes, Michael is an enthusiastic steward of the land. One unique way Michael helps others learn about the land is through a camera lens. Michael leads photo hikes for visitors, and also submits photos to the Conservancy to use in public outreach. His wonderful images help people see the beautiful natural resource in their own backyard. He also employs a camera in his scientific contributions, spearheading a long-term photo documentation project that tracks native habitat growth over time. Michael contributes his time across the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, sending in photos from Crystal Cove, helping with trail maintenance in Bommer Canyon, and leading a daybreak photo excursion in Black Star Canyon. Michael’s joy for the outdoors is evident in his hard work, and both staff and volunteers enjoy his cheery disposition.

Please write a note of congratulations below!


22 thoughts on “Honoree 2014 – Michael Dresser

  1. Yes, this is truly deserved. Congrats Michael! It has always been fun going out with you and exploring the land, even if it’s scary when RQ drives stick. Thank you for all that you do, especially with the camera trap project.

  2. Thank you Michael for all the knowledge and technical expertise you give back to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks! We appreciate you! Congratulations!!!

  3. Congratulations Michael!!! It has been a pleasure to learn more about how the camera traps are being used to capture the animals, that are out in the ‘back country’, and to watch you try different way in which to get better quality photos.

  4. Congratulations Michael! Thanks for your service; your photography helps share our story of science and stewardship on the land-an important story indeed!

  5. Congratulations Michael. Thanks so much for your help getting the cameras set up on the farm this year. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

  6. Michael you are amazing! Every time I see you I am transported to new places with your descriptions. Thank you for painting those pictures for me and then sending us actual pictures so we can join you on your adventures. Your work on the land and your support of programs allows so many to learn and engage. You are a special treasure!

  7. Congrats Michael! You are truly amazing to work with. Thank you for all the Fire Watch shifts you volunteer for.

  8. Congrats Michael – thanks for the many hours that you have dedicated to developing a photo chronology of our restorations!

  9. Thank you Mike for all you do. I always enjoy your photo hikes to normally unreachable areas of our beautiful county!

  10. Thank you Michael for all the work you do on the ranch! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful photo sequences after another year of restoration.

  11. Michael, you certainly deserve this award. I appreciate the photographs from each of your trips and the time you take to send them. Keep up the good work and I hope to see you soon!

  12. Hey Michael – congratulations! We keep wanting to join you on one of your photo programs but we’re always out of town but we’ll keep trying. And, thanks for sharing your wonderful photo journeys.

  13. Congratulations Michael. Your efforts are very much appreciated. I have enjoyed your photo hikes and more. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails sometime soon.

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