Sonoma Birding’s Rusert awarded
Sonoma Birding’s Tom Rusert has been awarded the prestigious 2011 American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology. The award, typically given to a person in the science community, came as a complete surprise to Rusert who, as the founder of Sonoma Birding, has worked tirelessly for year in a completely volunteer capacity.
“A lot of the credit for this award goes to my mother and father who instilled in me and my siblings a desire to learn about the environment in which we live and preserve it for future generations,” said Rusert. “Sonoma Birding follows in that path, helping our kids to get outdoors and learn about and respect nature.”
The ABA noted Rusert’s many and varied contributions to the vitalization of birding and birders in Sonoma, particularly for the programs he has initiated to “interest and engage young people all across North America in the appreciation of birdlife.” In addition to founding Sonoma Birding, Rusert established the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Valley, the first new CBC in the North Bay in nearly 40 years, as well as the CBC for Kids. Among other things, Rusert has also established the Valley of the Moon Nature Lecture Series which consist of five annual nature lectures with professional presenters.