The Otsego County Conservation Association will present its 2016 “Conservationist of the Year” award to Tom Salo of Burlington. Salo will receive the award at O-C-C-A’s Annual Dinner on Tuesday, November 15.

Salo has been involved in environmental issues and politics since the first Earth Day in 1970. A long-time member of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, he joined the D-O-A-S board in the 1980s and has served the organization as president, secretary, education chair and field trip chair.

For the past decade, Salo has focused on understanding and conserving raptors in New York, particularly golden eagles. He is currently spearheading a DOAS effort to reduce accidental lead poisoning in bald eagles by promoting the use of non-lead ammunition for deer hunting. For information on the dinner, please call (607) 547-4488.