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William T. Hornaday Award Winner - 2014

In September 2014, Eagle Scout Xerxes L. of White Plains Boy Scout Troop 73, was awarded the William T. Hornaday Award.


The William T. Hornaday Award is a nationally recognized badge and medal given to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the conservation of wildlife.  The award is dedicated to Dr. William T. Hornaday, an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction.  The award was first issued in 1917 as the Wildlife Protection Medal.  After his death in 1937, the award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday's honor and became a Boy Scouts of America Award.

Only 1100 people have ever been honored with this award, which recognizes the outstanding strides towards conservation made by Boy Scouts.

Xerxes worked closely with Westchester County Parks' Muscoot Farm and other conservation organizations in order to identify and clear invasive plant species, install an informational kiosk and complementary plaques for the identification and education of native plant species, and build a trail for the enjoyment of farm visitors and Westchester County residents.

Even after winning the William T. Hornaday Award, Xerxes has continued his work.

Xerxes is leading an ongoing effort to preserve specific declining native bird species, and is now working to build and install 15 birdhouses of various designs throughout the Muscoot Farm property in consultation with the local and New York State Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and individual recognized citizen scientists.  A study of Muscoot’s 777 acres of fields, woodlands and wetlands make it an ideal habitat for many declining native bird species.

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