Meet Marjorie Ziegler, Dedicated to Hawaii's Ecosystems
This month's featured voice for wildlife is passionate about protecting the wildlife and ecosystems of Hawaii.
Marjorie Ziegler, Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Hawaii affiliate, the Conservation Council for Hawaii (CCH), is a force that has effected positive change for the betterment of Hawaii's people, plants, animals, and environment. Since her days growing up in Kāne'ohe, Marjorie enlivens her passion through advocacy, collaboration, humble servant leadership, and dedication to protect and enhance the ecosystems of Hawaii.
Through CCH, Marjorie has launched numerous campaigns seeking to protect native species, including keeping pressure on the state to fence critical habitat on Mauna Kea for the palila, a highly-endangered native honeycreeper; preventing development at the site of the 'Ewa sinkholes on O'ahu, where unique and extinct Hawaiian bird species were discovered and their fossils remain; and the Manu Kai campaign, raising awareness about the plight of Hawaiian seabirds which are threatened by introduced predators, the longline swordfish industry, and the loss of nesting habitat due to sea-level rise.
Marjorie also developed the Poster Partner program to bring environmental issues to students by providing annual educational wildlife posters that adorn classrooms of every school throughout the state.
Earlier this year, Marjorie was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Leadership Award by the statewide Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA). In presenting the award, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Land Management Specialist Koa Kaulukukui shared the following:
"Recognizing the importance of mobilizing the community to effectively lobby the legislature to achieve environmental goals, Ms. Ziegler also spearheaded and continues to dynamically lead the Environmental Legislative Network, bringing together individuals and environmental organizations as a united front each legislative session. Ms. Ziegler also recognizes the role of public volunteerism in government initiatives to increase Hawaii's land conservation capacity in her role as the chair of the City and County of Honolulu's Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission."
Through her tireless dedication, hard work, and aloha, Ms. Ziegler has an enduring ability to give a voice to Hawaii's plants, animals, land, and sea, to make environmental issues relevant, and to embolden human beings to care for individual species, entire ecosystems, and protect the land of Hawaii.
Thank you Marjorie, for fighting to protect Hawaii's wildlife and wild lands!