JUNE 6, 2012–Glen Ellen, CA – Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a North Bay leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration and nature education, announced today that Nick Tracy, resident of Windsor and a graduating senior at Windsor High School, has received the 2012 David Bouverie Scholarship at a ceremony on June 5th at Bouverie Preserve.

“Nick was one of the most committed and energetic young people we’ve ever had in the program,” said Jeanne Wirka of Audubon Canyon Ranch. “His positive nature and enthusiasm always set such a great example. Nick’s work as a positive role model for younger kids is one of the main reasons he was selected for the scholarship.”

Nick became a Bouverie Preserve Junior Naturalist, known as a “Juniper,” in the 5th grade, after completing a five-course training program that provides students with an in-depth look at the environment and natural history of the Bouverie Preserve. Once training is complete, Junipers are invited to help lead the Bouverie Preserve’s Guided Nature Walks and pursue their own interests in nature through participation in field trips and resource management projects.

As a Juniper, Nick has been active in activities such as guided nature walks, Saturday newt counts, creek study days, preserve clean-up days, crayfish study project, creative arts days, and the annual overnight trip to Martin Griffin Preserve. Nick also participated in the training of new Junipers, including his younger sisters Sara and Kate, who are now active Junipers. His older brother Mike, who is now in college, was also a Juniper.

For a long time Nick's greatest interest was geology, but when he had an opportunity to study bird anatomy with Bouverie Preserve biologist Jeanne Wirka, he realized he was fascinated with muscles and muscle function.  As a part of Windor High’s track team specializing in high jump and hurdles, Nick’s love of sports and curiosity about muscle function helped him make the decision to major in kinesiology at San Francisco State, where he will attend in the fall. Nick said his time as a Juniper at Bouverie Preserve illuminated a field of study he would have never considered before.

Even with his high academic ambition, “Nick will always remain interested 
and involved in nature,” said his father, Mark Tracy.

About The David Bouverie Scholarship Fund

The David Bouverie Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Glen Ellen resident Phyllis Ellman, a longtime ACR Board member and "founding mother" of the Bouverie Preserve Environmental Education Program, for which she served as a docent from 1980 until her death in July 2009. The scholarship fund provides academic scholarships to participants of the Bouverie Junior Naturalist Program, called Junipers, who remain involved through high school and plan to pursue higher education in the biological sciences or environmental education.

Initial funding for the David Bouverie Scholarship Fund was established by a grant of $25,000 from the Dennis and Carol Ann Rockey Fund of the Marin Community Foundation.

Visit www.egret.org/contribute.html to make an online contribution (note to the David Bouverie Scholarship Fund) or by phone at 707.938.4554 or via check with the memo "David Bouverie Scholarship Fund" to ACR, 4900 Shoreline Highway One, Stinson Beach, CA 94970.

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) protects nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 1,620-acre Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary above Healdsburg.

In 2009, ACR announced an agreement with Jim and Shirley Modini to acquire the 1,725-acre Modini Ranch property, located in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email acr@egret.org or visit www.egret.org.