Audubon Honors Sigourney Weaver and Women Driving Gulf Coast Relief Efforts (Photos)

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Sigourney Weaver accepts Audubon's Rachel Carson Award. Photo: Audubon Women in Conservation
The National Audubon Society brought the attention of their Eighth Annual Women in Conservation Luncheon to the work of many women who spearheaded relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 2010.

Held at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City, the non-profit organization honored actress Sigourney Weaver and artist Maya Lin with the Rachel Carson Award for their work in environmental conservation.


Photo: Audubon Women in Conservation

Emceed by Anne Thompson, the Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent for NBC News, the luncheon boasted an organic meal coupled with entertaining and inspiring remarks from honorees.

In addition to the Rachel Carson Award, a special award was carved out, called "Women of the Gulf," to recognize those who responded to the BP Gulf oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Photo: Olivia Bouler

Among the women recognized is Olivia Bouler, author of Olivia's Birds Saving the Gulf, and a delightful young eleven-year old whom I sat with at the luncheon. Her bird illustrations have raised more than $200,000, and counting, for Gulf coast relief efforts.

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The author, Emma Grady, wearing ethical fashion label Afia to the event. Photo:

To learn more about the Audubon's Women in Conservation Program, which includes an internship for young women, visit their website.

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