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NEWS Lola Cristall attends the National Audobon Society’s 2018 gala, honouring Sir David Attenborough, Dave Morine and Peggy Shephard
Filed by Lola Cristall/March 9, 2018/11.02

Patrick McMullan

From left to right: David Yarnold, Peggy Shephard, Sir David Attenborough, Maggie Walker, Dave Morine.

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The National Audubon Society’s 2018 gala, held at the iconic Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Plaza, celebrated the conservation of birds and nature in the presence of truly inspirational personalities. Atop New York City on the 65th floor, with a gleaming band of colours that give the room its name, surrounding a majestic crystal chandelier, guests applauded and toasted the this year’s honorees in the field of conservation.
   Three conservation leaders were acknowledged for their exceptional services: Sir David Attenborough was presented with the Audubon Medal, the highest honour in the field of conservation; Dave Morine won the Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership; and Peggy Shephard was presented with the President’s Award. Sir David is a prominent name in conservation as an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist. He initially also wrote as well as presented the Life series (Life on Earth, The Life of Birds, The Life of Mammals) in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit. Morine is not just the author of Good Dirt, he has spent more than a decade as head of land acquisition for the Nature Conservancy, successfully preserving over three million acres of the wilderness. Shephard, former member of Audubon’s board of directors, is the co-founder and executive director of We Act for Environmental Justice, and promotes grass roots’ efforts and advocacy.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor

Patrick McMullan

Above, from top: Elizabeth Sorrell, Sean O’Conner, and Robbianne Mackin. Rhett Turner. Pamela Taylor Yates and Eames Yates. Rob Castillo, Nadia Makki, Mackenzie Schoonmaker, and Mark Loiacano. Phil Swan and Alexis Marino. Lee and Rebecca Nadler. Sir David Attenborough and Jane Alexander. Table setting at the Rainbow Room.

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