(Dublin, Ohio) – The Ohio Wildlife Center has announced the City of Dublin will be the recipient of this year’s Donald Burton Legacy Award. The award honors the legacy of the organization’s founder and chief veterinarian, Dr. Donald L. Burton by recognizing individuals or organizations who exemplify the following:
- A long term commitment to connecting people and animals
- Exceptional efforts fostering awareness and appreciation of wildlife by providing learning opportunities through community service
- Leadership – a leader or ambassador dedicated to conservation, preserving wildlife and the world in which they live
The City of Dublin has partnered with Ohio Wildlife Center since 2001, contracting with the organization to provide wildlife mitigation and educational services for the community. That means City staff, residents and businesses can call the non-profit organization’s SCRAM! Wildlife Control line to report sick, injured or threatening wild animals on public or private property.
Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall was an integral part of forming the partnership.
“We are proud of our more than 20 year partnership with the Ohio Wildlife Center and are honored to receive this award,” said Crandall. “Working closely with Ohio Wildlife Center on community education and wildlife concerns has made an immensely positive impact on how our community understands and relates to wildlife.”
Since then, the City’s wildlife awareness and appreciation efforts have come a long way. Nature Education Coordinator Barbara Ray organizes educational opportunities through the Dublin Community Recreation Center, and updates the community regularly with a Nature Notebook series via web, video and social media.
Other wildlife initiatives include an annual cleanup day at the Scioto River, invasive plant removals and recycling events. Additionally Dublin is the only city in the state to be recognized as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat.
The City of Dublin is the second recipient of the award, preceded by Jack Hanna in 2015. The award will be presented at Ohio Wildlife Center’s 25th annual WildNite for Wildlife fundraising event, Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ohiowildlifecenter.org.
About Ohio Wildlife Center
Since 1984, Ohio Wildlife Center has educated more than 100,000 children and treated more than 80,000 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals at central Ohio’s only wildlife hospital.