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CFVI Awards 2023 Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund to Cuban Conservationist

  • Staff Consortium
  • December 26, 2023

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has announced Ailén Anido Escalona from Gibara, Cuba, as the recipient of the 2023 Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award. This prestigious award, established at CFVI in 2003, is dedicated to supporting studies and activities addressing significant environmental issues across the insular Caribbean. Escalona, who boasts 20 years of experience in bird conservation and currently works at the Museum of Natural History in Gibara, Holguín, Cuba, was selected from eight proposals submitted from various Caribbean locations, including St. Kitts, St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. Her project, which has earned her a $5,000 grant, focuses on developing and implementing strategies to mitigate the illegal trapping and trade of wild birds in Cuba – a critical environmental challenge plaguing the region. According to CFVI, her proposal stood out for its direct alignment with the objectives of the Towle Fund, as it tackles a pressing cross...

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