Dear Friend,

Between now and September we're going to be profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards

Today is our first profile! Meet one of our Women of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation, Laurie J. Goodrich, Ph.D. – Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association.

Meet Laurie J. Goodrich, Ph.D.
Woman of the Lifetime Achievement in Conservation

Laurie Goodrich directs Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association’s Conservation Science program, overseeing six staff and coordinating science work with Hawk Mountain’s ongoing programs in education and stewardship.

She also oversees Hawk Mountain’s Conservation Science Traineeship program that hosts 12 or more students from across the globe annually, and co-leads Hawk Mountain’s land conservation efforts. She served as interim Director of Education from 2010 to 2014 and Research Biologist from 1984 to 2019.

Currently, she co-leads research on the migration ecology of the Broad-winged Hawk, collaborates with three other avian science organizations to derive population trends for North American raptors, e.g., Raptor Population Index

Laurie helped established the world-renown Veracruz River of Raptors raptor conservation site in Mexico and serves as an advisor today.  She recently co-led multi-year efforts to assess Northern Goshawk populations in Pennsylvania and helped launch a new raptor migration watch-site in Colombia in 2020. 

Laurie received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University in 2010 on the stopover behavior and ecology of autumn-migrating raptors and a M.S. in Ecology from Rutgers University in 1982 on Least Terns.

She is an elected member and Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and serves on the Board of the Hawk Migration Association of North America, and on the Ornithological Technical Committee of Pennsylvania Biological Survey. 

Photo by Rebekah Smith

Congratulations, Laurie!

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.


Tickets for the event go on sale this
Thursday, July 1!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, PennFuture Luggage Tag, (made from recycled plastic), PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!


Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



 If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



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