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Sierra Club Honors Dr. Julian Shepherd

Date: 
01/16/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Central United Methodist Church 17 Nanticoke Ave, Endicott, NY

The Lynda Spickard Environmental Award is awarded in memory of Lynda Spickard, former chair of the Susquehanna Group. Each year we honor an individual who has had a long term positive impact on the environment in our community, which is open to the public. This year we present the award to Dr. Julian Shepherd, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University.

"When I heard Julian was being given the Lynda Spickard award, my first reaction was amazement. I thought he had been given that years ago! But then I realize that the reason was that he had put so much time and energy into giving the award to others.

I've known Julian for over 40 years and have taught 4 courses with him. The most significant one of these was Tropical Ecology and Conservation, in which we introduced hundreds of students to the Costa Rican tropics.  We have retired from this but the torch has been passed to others and the trips continue.

Julian's passion for the natural world has expressed it self over the years in various bird censuses as well as countless field trips in pursuit of neat habitats and sometimes even bugs. He created a huge inventory of all the significant local natural areas that is seeing significant use. He is truly our most accomplished local naturalist! More than anyone else Julian walks the walk as well as talks the talk. He still rides his bike all the time, competing seriously with Augie Mueller for the crashes of old men on slippery roads title.

There is no one more deserving of this award. Its about time!"
- Dick Andrus, Retired Prof of Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences

Julian Shepherd has been an active member of the Susquehanna Group, including Chair and Executive Committee Member. Long a champion of environmental stewardship, both at the University and in the community, he’s demonstrated environmental commitment by living lightly. He has 'shepherded' many people as a teacher and nature guide. Among other achievements not cited by Prof. Andrus, he has steadily done laboratory analysis and scientific advisement with the NY Water Sentinels, was instrumental in establishing the Binghamton University Nature Preserve and IBM Glen at Waterman and serves as their advisor, received the Supercommuter award from Planet Bike, served on the Binghamton Shade Tree Commission, and for years maintained a section of the Finger Lakes Trail in Chenango County.

"In the early 1990's, my wife and I noticed swarms of small flies emerging from a large soft brownish patch on our lawn.   My wife called the Biology Department of Binghamton University and Julian said they are likely March flies.  He recommended using Milky Spore and to be careful to not put too strong a chemical on the lawn since it could kill beneficial organisms. Through the years he has been very willing to share his knowledge and love for nature in a pleasant, welcoming way.  He is a local treasure and along with his wife Lee has shared his musical talent with the community."
- Valdi Weiderpass, Vice Chair, Susquehanna Group

Julian continues to teach and show that he is not letting up in his activity and commitments. He earned a reputation for advancing numerous endeavors that have enriched the community and his students. We are very pleased to honor him with this award, recognizing his lifetime achievement.

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