Miriam Patton Honored By Ducks Unlimited
DES MOINES Palo Alto County Conservation Board Naturalist Miriam Patton was honored recently by the Iowa Ducks Unlimited Organization. During the 2016 State Ducks Unlimited Convention in Des Moines earlier this month, Patton was presented with the Ducks Unlimited “Beyond the Call” award.
Patton was nominated for this award by Brian Garrels of Emmetsburg, a member of the Palo Alto Sportsmans’ Ducks Unlimited Chapter, who has worked closely with Patton for nearly 20 years on the annual “Wings and Wetlands” event.
“I feel that the Palo Alto County Conservation Board has one of the best environmental educational programs in the State,” noted Mary Barrick, Executive Director of the Palo Alto County Conservation Board. ” The staff works hard to have effective programs and events throughout the year. We value our partnership with the local D.U. Chapter as it is key to our success. Naturalist Miriam Patton shares her enthusiasm for nature, providing both indoor and outdoor activities for school children, scouts, 4-H, civic groups, and the general public.”
According to Barrick, Patton has served as Naturalist for the County Conservation Board since 1985 and is the foundation of many educational programs, including the Wings and Wetlands event. “Her desire and passion for our natural resources and teaching our youth are incredible. We congratulate Miriam for her dedication over the years and especially for making a difference in a child’s world.”
Garrels was equally complimentary of Patton and her efforts. “Miriam has been so successful with her educational programs in Palo Alto County that they are serving as models for youth activities in adjoining counties. Ducks Unlimited would like to thank Miriam for her dedication and for showing future generations of conservationists the joys of wetlands and waterfowl. We’d also like to thank Mary Barrick and the Palo Alto County Conservation Board for supporting Miriam in her efforts.”