Mercer County Wildlife Center Director Diane Nickerson holds a kestrel falcon prior to its release into the wild.Full size photo

Mercer County Wildlife Center Director Diane Nickerson holds a kestrel falcon prior to its release into the wild.

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TRENTON, N.J. -The Director of the Mercer County Wildlife Center, Diane Nickerson, is being honored as an outstanding woman in the field of wildlife protection by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

The Foundation will honor Nickerson along with Barbara Brummer, the Executive Director of the New Jersey chapter of the Nature Conservancy, at an event at Prallsville Mill in Stockton on Saturday, March 29th.

"People like Diane Nickerson help ensure a better, healthier environment for Mercer County now and in the future," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "It is important to recognize those individuals who make positive contributions towards issues such as sustainability and environmental protection, and I congratulate Diane on her selection for this distinction."

The honors are being presented to Nickerson by The Conserve Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of New Jersey's rare wildlife. The foundation specializes in research projects, developing management plans, participating in conservation practices, and organizing education programs about New Jersey's wildlife to further inform residents.

"Conserve Wildlife Foundation's Women and Wildlife Awards honor female professionals in a world not normally associated with women, but where women have made some amazing contributions," said Margaret O'Gorman, Executive Director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. "Diane was nominated by her peers and her employees and received the unanimous approval of the selection committee. Here at the Foundation, we are thrilled to be honoring Diane as she is a great supporter of our work, as we are of hers."

Diane has been honored in the past for her contributions towards environmental causes including receiving the Benefactor Award in 2004 from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for her volunteerism. Nickerson, who has worked for the Mercer County Wildlife Center since 1994, accepts her latest award alongside the other recipients with pride.

"I am truly honored to be in the company of the previous winners," Nickerson said. "It is a humbling experience to be part of a group of women that I admire, who are of such remarkable caliber, and who are among the top professionals in their respective fields."

The Mercer County Wildlife Center is a State and federally licensed facility that cares for injured, ill, and displaced native wildlife. It is one of the only County-operated Wildlife Centers in New Jersey.

The center provides wild animals with medical treatment and a temporary refuge before releasing them back into an appropriate wild habitat, if possible. Last year, the Mercer County Wildlife Center accepted and treated more than 2,000 birds and mammals. The center works towards preservation and a sustainable environment as development in the region continues to encroach on the habitats of native wildlife.