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Bird Fund a lasting gift in honor of conservationist

A plaque honoring Judy Black was placed in The Nature Conservancy’s newly expanded native plants

and pollinator garden at Blowing Rocks Preserve.

Photo provided by Lucy Miller

    A gift from the Leon Black Foundation to The Nature Conservancy recently established the Judy Black and Richard Schlosberg Bird Fund.
    Judy Black, who died on Nov. 15, 2015, was passionate in promoting environmental conservation and committed to creating gardens. She was a former president of the Hypoluxo Island Property Owners Association and supervised the neighborhood association’s Tree Program to save the ecologically essential native tree canopy.
    Her husband, Richard Schlosberg, said his wife turned her own small front and mostly paved back yards into verdant habitat, protective of endangered and threatened migratory birds.
    The couple also helped save the native habitat that several years ago became the Lantana Scrub Nature Preserve.
With the Leon Black Foundation’s gift (Leon Black was Judy Black’s brother), Conservancy scientists will take steps to support rare migratory and resident bird populations.
    Earlier this year, a plaque honoring Judy Black was placed in The Nature Conservancy’s newly expanded native plants and pollinator garden at Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound. The preserve has been expanded thanks to the new funding.
— Mary Thurwachter

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