Phil Specht of McGregor has been awarded the 2020 Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network award for outstanding contributions in environmental awareness and education.
Phil is a recently retired dairy farmer with a passion for conservation. Rotational grazing of his dairy cattle has protected grasslands for wildlife – especially bobolinks. Phil has studied bobolinks and has been involved with research projects on the birds for several years. He was a long-time member of the Clayton County Conservation Board and also worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to acquire and protect land in the Bloody Run Creek watershed. Phil is an accomplished nature photographer and naturalist, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
The CCCAN Board of Directors thanks Phil and remembers his late brother Dan for their dedication to conservation and the environment, especially as it applies to their passionate protection of the remaining grasslands of Clayton County. The award includes a one hundred-dollar contribution to Phil’s bobolink initiative.
The Larry and Margaret Stone Award is named after two long-time Clayton County residents who have advocated tirelessly at the local, state and national level on behalf of the natural environment. Previous years’ winners include not only Larry and Margaret but also Orlan Love, longtime outdoor writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette; Gerry Ommen, President of Clayton County Pheasants Forever; and Steve Beaumont, who nourished and created a natural legacy on a tract of native forest near Garber.