NOVA Parks (the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) on Oct. 15 presented several awards to those who had shown leadership in the Upton Hill Park Stewards’ Black and Latin/Hispanic Birder & Naturalist Series.
Award recipients included:
• Jill Barker, an Upton Hill Steward from Arlington Regional Master Naturalists.
• Joan Haffey of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.
• Musa Murawih of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.
• Melody Starya Mobley, a forester.
• Yolanda Villacampa, a local naturalist with Arlington Regional Master Naturalists.
• Gabrielle Cantor of the Arlington NAACP.
Upton Hill Park Stewards – a partnership between NOVA Parks, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Arlington Chapter of the NAACP and Audubon Society of Northern Virginia – was formed to create safe spaces for individuals in underrrepresented groups that enjoy nature.
The organization since October 2020 has organized birding hikes at Upton Hill Regional Park.