Covell & Brinley Awards

A Davis Tradition Since 1944

kate mawdsley - 2005 (brinley)

Mawdsley was recognized for her extensive volunteer work in natural history education. Since retiring, Kate has become an excellent amateur botanist, able to identify hundreds of native plants by sight, much sought after as a tour guide. As Rod Reis said, “She is the Vanessa Redgrave of the wildflowers, the Eleanor Roosevelt of wetland conservation.”  She is deeply involved in the following:

—Jepson Prairie Reserve, coordinator of docent and tour programs since 1992.  She plans a full series of training workshops for docents, who then lead tours for over 2,000 members of the public

—UCD Center for Plant Diversity:  volunteers at least three afternoons per week

—UCD Arboretum, UCD Botanical Conservatory, UC Natural Reserve System, Putah Creek Council, Yolo County Grasslands Park, Explorit, Duck Days, Davis Botanical Society


Awards presented at the Chamber Dinner Jan 21, 2006, Vets Memorial