The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announced the recipient of the sixth annual Palmetto Wildlife Rehabilitation Award recently at the Sea Turtle Workshop in Charleston. Mary Pringle, a volunteer with the International Center for Birds of Prey, has been selected for the 2005 Palmetto Wildlife Rehabilitator Award.
Palmetto Wildlife Rehabilitation Awards are presented annually by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to the health and well being of South Carolina’s wildlife. Nominations are evaluated on special achievements during the year, or for long-term efforts assisting with the care of the state’s wildlife. For more information, contact Priscilla Wright, DNR wildlife biologist, at (843) 953-9856 in Charleston, or by e-mail at WrightP@dnr.sc.gov.
Mary Pringle received the award April 21 in Charleston for her volunteer efforts and work with injured birds and sea turtles. She devotes countless hours to the International Center for Birds of Prey, a rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of injured and orphaned raptors. Pringle recently assumed the role of coordinating and training an extensive volunteer staff. On a particular occasion at the raptor center, stemming from a developer’s accidental removal of an osprey nesting site, Pringle worked with Berkeley Electric Co. to get a new platform constructed, complete with sticks and nest, and returned the orphaned ospreys to their home.
Pringle is also the project leader for the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island “Island Turtle Team” and is a member of the sea turtle stranding network. “Mary views all forms of wildlife important and in need of our continuing help,” said Sally Murphy, DNR sea turtle biologist. “She gives one hundred percent to her work, a job well done and worthy of recognition. Even after early mornings or late nights on the beach, Mary is always available to rescue and transport sick or injured sea turtles to the South Carolina Aquarium for rehabilitation. This has been a tremendous help to our department.”
The general public and DNR employees may submit nominations. They should include a one-page description of the efforts qualifying the nominee for the award, and the name, address and phone number of the individual making the nomination. Nominations must be received by Dec. 15 each year for award consideration for that calendar year. Nominations can be sent to Priscilla Wright, DNR, Office of Public Affairs, PO Box 12559, Charleston, SC 29422.- Written by Anna Martin -