The third annual Heroes of Conservation Awards Gala was held this past Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History. And after paying homage to Benjamin Pearce, a Boy Scout from Warwick, N.Y., a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapter from Rawlins, Wyo., and all seven Heroes finalists, Hod Kosman of Scottsbluff, Neb. was named the 2008 Conservation Hero of the Year. Each of the finalists received a $5,000 grant courtesy of our friends at Toyota, and Hod drove away in a new Toyota Tundra.
Hurricanes almost always cause an immediate change in fish and wildlife behaviors. After Katrina, the Louisiana Gulf featured some of the best fishing in the area's history. The only problem was the infrastructure (docks, boats, etc.) was destroyed.
Our first Conservation Hero of the Year, Ronnie Luster, was honored for his work removing crab traps from the Texas gulf. As that area preps for Hurricane Ike, the spirit behind his work and the constant need for new energy sources have merged.