Julie Nicholson's extraordinary passion and commitment to birds and conservation remains an inspiration to all of us here at VCE and to many people across Vermont.
Julie was a consummate community scientist and VCE volunteer. She was among the few birders to participate in both Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas projects. As a founding member of the Vermont Bird Records Committee, Julie was the de facto and dedicated “librarian” of bird records in Vermont.
In honor of Julie’s rich life outdoors and her decades of invaluable contributions to community science projects around the state, we’re proud to have established the Julie Nicholson Community Science Award.
Each year, we give this lifetime achievement award to a volunteer who exemplifies Julie’s lifelong commitment to the causes of community-involved science and wildlife conservation. Below are past recipients.