Two long standing members of the Société Jersiaise have been awarded Honorary Life Membership.
Both have been members since 1981, and have contributed enormously to the work of the Ornithology Section.
Mick Dryden has held the position of chair since 1985, and Tony Paintin was the Ornithology Section recorder for 32 years, only just recently stepping down.
The annual Jersey Bird Report is printed without fail, and has been a mainstay of the Société for years, giving an unbroken sequential view of the Island’s bird population, migration patterns and breeding gains and losses. Mick and Tony’s continuous watching and enthusiasm is to be applauded. Mick also has an exceptional collection of professional standard photographs which can be seen on the Jersey Birds website – or click the link on the Société’s own site.
They have also tirelessly supported States’ work to ensure the care and maintenance of the natural environment.
The Honorary Life Membership is a small gesture to show the Société’s gratitude for their tremendous contribution to Jersey’s wildlife.
The main picture shows Mick Dryden and Tony Paintin bird watching Argentina in 2011.