Anne Schnell attended Washington State University for her B.S. in Wildlife Management and the University of New Hampshire for her M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology. She was a professor of Environmental Conservation and Horticulture at Finger Lakes Community College in New York State for 21 years, serving as the department chairperson for the last part of her career. Anne’s experience with raptors includes 12 years of capturing, banding and studying wild raptors during the spring migration at Braddock Bay in Hilton, New York. She served as the Vice President of Braddock Bay Raptor Research and director of banding operations for twelve years. She has also led educational programs with non-releasable raptors for many years and is a general falconer.
Anne and Paul jointly received the Hugh E. Cumming Environmental Quality Award on October 19, 2008 for their ongoing work in preserving habitat and open space in the Town of Parma.
Anne received an award from the Hawk Migration Association of North America for “outstanding service to further hawk migration study and conservation” in April of 2014.
Some of Paul’s conservation awards include:
Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Inc. – Jan. 18, 1975 Award of Merit
Who’s Who in the East – 1989/1990
Buffalo Audubon Society Harry J. Kord Recognition Award – May 5, 1993
In 1994, the Institute for Environmental Learning was recognized as the “Top Outdoor Educational Facility” by the National Trails Day Committee.
New York State Outdoor Writer’s Association and Bass Pro Shops “Pass It On” award – Sept. 2007
Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Inc.
2014 Victor Fitchlee Memorial Award – Lifetime Achievement
“…a lifetime of conservation and education”
“Our job is to prevent that lush orb known as the Earth… from turning into a bleak and barren, dirty brown planet.”
– AZ Senator Barry Morris Goldwater (Jan. 2, 1909-May 29, 1998)