(video thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgue-v-Vdf4 )
Leadership in Conservation AdvocacyPlease join Houston Audubon in honoring these amazing people behind the film Pale Male and The Legend of Pale Male. Their involvement in the creation of these beautiful works of art and the years of dedication toward subsequent advocacy efforts for birds and wildlife are appreciated and acknowledged here. We are humbled to know them by their leadership, generosity, and grace. Their lists of achievements are long and noble, and may their positive impact on society be everlasting.
At the age of 23, Frederic Lilien left his native country of Belgium for NYC. His first film, Pale Male garnered 15 international awards and has aired in more than 75 countries. His work has been featured in documentaries for HBO, Canal Plus, Turner Broadcasting, and PBS. The Legend of Pale Male is his first feature film and the culmination of 16 years of following New York’s love affair with one remarkable hawk. Today, Frederic dedicates the film to helping nonprofits raise awareness for their missions for the benefit of birds and wildlife everywhere.
Janet Hess is the Series Editor of NATURE, the premier natural history series from Thirteen/WNET for PBS. She has written and produced some 20 documentary programs. She collaborated with Frederic Lilien on his first film, the original “Pale Male,” for which she was awarded the 2004 Emmy Award for writing.
Steven Kennedy and the late Charles Francis Kennedy
Writer and retired educator Steven Kennedy received a rare inheritance: the unpublished photographs, essays, haiku poems, and papers of his late uncle Charles F. Kennedy, the beloved New York City naturalist and photographer well-known for his passion for birds and especially Pale Male. Steven’s charge from his uncle is to “make my life’s work available to anyone who might enjoy them when I’m gone.” Steven has aptly done so, and is Adjunct Professor of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He and wife Deb, reside in Aurora, Colorado and are avid birders.