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Hornaday Award for Eagle Scout Christopher Lira

by Angel Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: January 30, 2015 

Christopher Lira with Troop 496 is recognized with conservation award for his work on invasive grasses at Hardberger Park. With only 1,100 awarded in BSA history, the Hornaday recognizes outstanding efforts towards natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

William T. Hornaday Award

The William T. Hornaday Award recognizes Scouts and Scouters for ecology efforts and service to conservation in their communities. To earn the Hornaday Award as an individual, youth members must earn a series of merit badges followed by a concentrated series of conservation and/or environmental education projects to be conducted in the member's community or nearby, under the advise of a trained conservation, naturalist, or environmental engineering expert.

It was begun in 1914 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hornaday was an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction. He named the award the Wildlife Protection Medal.  After his death in 1937, the award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday's honor and became a Boy Scouts of America award.

In the early 1970s, the present awards program was established, and Dr. Hornaday's idea of conservation was broadened to include environmental awareness.

These awards represent a substantial commitment of time and energy by individuals who have learned the meaning of a conservation/environmental ethic. Any Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer willing to devote the time and energy to work on a project based on sound scientific principles and guided by a conservation professional or a well-versed layperson can qualify for one of the Hornaday Awards.

To learn more about the Hornaday Award, please visit
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