Congrats to Col for Distinguished Service Award
Christine Kelly, BirdLife Southern Highlands President, has been in touch to let us know that BirdLife Southern Highlands presented the Distinguished Service Award to Colin in late July. It was a very special night and he was very humble in accepting the award.
Approximately 30 BLSH members attended the evening, to show support for Colin and all that he has done to get our club to the position that it is at today.
Colin Kohlhagen has been instrumental in establishing, maintaining and growing the BirdLife Southern Highlands. Very much due to his efforts and continuing work, BirdLife Southern Highlands now has a membership of over 130 members. He took an early initiative and wrote articles for the local paper through which he was able to gain the support of other birdwatchers who were interested in establishing a formal birdwatching group in the area.
Col has undertaken a range of roles with BirdLife Southern Highlands. Particularly, he has been the Liaison Officer since its commencement. In this capacity he has been at the forefront of raising the profile of BirdLife Southern Highlands in the local community and beyond.
More importantly, he also played a significant role in obtaining an order under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to protect a site used by Latham’s Snipe from the development of the proposed Southern Highlands Botanic Garden.
To read more about the Distinguished Service Awards, see our website here.
Image: Christine Kelly, President of BLSH presents the award to Colin.