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Bc just look at this pretty gal!

A female osprey enjoys a late-day meal of northern pike at Lake Arrowhead in Milton, where osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom started an effort that eventually lead to their recovery from virtual extinction in Vermont. The birds were removed from the endangered species list in 2005. The 2017 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award was presented Wednesday to Marty Illick of Charlotte. (Photo courtesy Steve Costello – Green Mountain Power)

According to a news release from Green Mountain Power:

Marty Illick and the Lewis Creek Association, a leading Vermont water quality and conservation organization, have been honored with the eighth annual GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award.


The award, named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom of Milton, was presented Wednesday for more than 25 years of work and education to improve the Lewis Creek watershed, which spans Ferrisburgh, Monkton, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Starksboro and Bristol in Addison and Chittenden counties. …


Like Meeri Zetterstrom, who was never afraid of ruffling feathers as she worked to restore nearly extinct ospreys to Vermont’s skies, Illick and the LCA have embraced the difficult conversations that often accompany environmental progress.