The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Stewardship Award was given to bird educator Seth Benz “in appreciation for extraordinary service for conservation and education in the Belfast Bay Watershed and surrounding areas” at the coalition’s March meeting.

In presenting the award, signified by a certificate and a carving of a Blackburnian warbler done by Erwin Flewelling of Northport, president Cloe Chunn enumerated Benz’s many accomplishments in the local community. Among them are his work with the annual Bird Day in May, which, after four years, will this year be expanded to an entire week of activities for community youth and adults.

In addition, Benz has escorted countless Bird Bus trips and led hundreds of bird walks over the past several years, freely sharing his knowledge with all participants. For many years he has organized educational conservation programs for elementary and middle school students and teachers, for adults at Senior College, Elderhostel, the Belfast Free Library and the Waldo County YMCA. He volunteers as a compiler for the annual Northern Penobscot Christmas Bird Count. Always willing to do whatever he can to create a conservation-minded community, he speaks out regularly on environmental issues at Belfast City Council meetings and on many other occasions.

The BBWC Stewardship Award is presented occasionally in recognition of an individual’s extraordinary contribution of substantial value to support conservation and education within the Belfast Bay Watershed community.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic historic and public access resources through research, community-building and education.