Retired LANL physicist earns national honor

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The National Audubon Society has selected retired Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Tom Jervis of Santa Fe as the 2012 Volunteer Charles H. Callison Award winner. The award was announced Sept. 28 at the National Audubon Society Board Meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

Now in its 18th year, Audubon’s Callison Awards recognize one volunteer and one staff member, nominated by their peers, who have made remarkable contributions to conservation through coalition-building, creative thinking and perseverance.

During the awards ceremony, Jervis was recognized for his, “dedicated service and major contributions to the goals of Audubon; his unflagging dedication as a volunteer and supporter at the chapter, center, council and state levels; his decades’ long work to protect New Mexico’s most threatened wildlife and to preserve critical habitats; and his passionate commitment to the cause of conservation locally and throughout the hemisphere.”

An Audubon member for 40 years, Jervis is currently serving in his fourth term as president of the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Also a leader of the state Audubon efforts, he served three terms as president of the New Mexico Audubon council.

Jervis also served two terms as chairman of Audubon New Mexico’s board of directors and was an early leader behind the acquisition of the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary (on a 135-acre preserve) on the site of artist Randall Davey’s home and studio in Santa Fe.

Since the 1980s, Jervis has worked as an advocate for both wildlife and habitat in New Mexico. He helped to pass a bill to protect reptiles and amphibians from commercial collecting, has campaigned for protection of the Lesser Prairie-chicken, and has worked for many years on a task-force to achieve solutions for elk management with landowners, sportsmen, and conservationists.