Honoree 2015 – Diane Etchison

Congrats to Diane Etchison for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Name:  Diane Etchison

Nominating Organization:  Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Honoree Category:  Animals & Environment

Why Nominated:  Diane Etchison has devoted over 600 hours-to-date since becoming a volunteer to support citizen science and interpretive programs and, as such, has become one of Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s most valued and dependable contributors to programs associated with natural history. Her expertise in bird and plant identification, that she so willingly shares, has raised the caliber of virtually every program with which she is involved and has inspired countless participants. Diane is a regular and reliable contributor both at monthly butterfly counts as well as to a newly-initiated seasonal bird monitoring program in the Limestone Wilderness Area. She also participates regularly in a variety of other interpretive programs and in all programs is equally capable as lead or support – always contributing her contagious enthusiasm and rigor for understanding nature. In her “off hours” at home, Diane enters and maintains for the Conservancy an updated list of the hundreds of flowering plants encountered on monthly butterfly counts; that is shared regularly with participants and invaluable to staff. Her skill and leadership have also been instrumental in starting and maintaining a bird monitoring program designed to track changes in bird populations over time. Lastly, Diane has worked closely with Conservancy staff to develop training material for a popular birding class for volunteers. Her quiet nature understates the enormous contributions that she has made to the greater appreciation and excellent stewardship of our natural lands.

Please write a note of congratulations below!

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21 thoughts on “Honoree 2015 – Diane Etchison

  1. Congratulations, Diane! I am in awe of the flowering plants lists you are maintaining as part of the monthly butterfly counts and I am so happy to see you receive this honor.

  2. Thank you for your continuous efforts in supporting the Conservancy and the land. So many have benefited from your contagious love of birding.

  3. Diane – Thanks so much for helping us reach a higher level with citizen science.
    Your many hours dedicated to good documentation of flora and fauna are priceless!

  4. Diane,

    Thank you for your persistence to get the job done and connect others to the land. Your work is so important. Thank you for your support. Congratulations on being honored for all the great work you do and share.

  5. Diane –

    Congratulations on your OneOC honor! Thanks for all you do for Citizen Science and the land, and for your commitment to the Mission of the Conservancy

    Mike

  6. Congratulations Diane! Thank you for all you do to support our IRC programs. Your special award and recognition is well deserved!

  7. Congratulations, Diane! It’s a pleasure hiking with you and every time, I learn so much – your knowledge is amazing and I’m glad you are getting this special award. Well deserved indeed!

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