Audrey DeLella Benedict

Title: Founder, Director
Company: Cloud Ridge Naturalists
Location: Ward, Colorado, United States

Audrey DeLella Benedict, Founder and Director at Cloud Ridge Naturalists, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nature conservancy.

Mentored since she was a child to love and respect nature, Ms. Benedict followed a path to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in geology and biology from the University of Colorado in 1983. However, since 1979, she has served as the notable founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a nonprofit natural history education organization and publisher based out of Ward, Colorado. A naturalist in the classic tradition, Ms. Benedict is also an experienced guide, a science writer and a passionate advocate for research and conservation efforts illuminating the repercussions of climate change in Arctic regions and in the global ocean. In her career, she has been most moved by the 6,000 people who have traveled with her and her team of experts in the natural sciences, geology and anthropology from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and went on to share their experience with listeners worldwide. For Ms. Benedict’s distinguished efforts in safeguarding nature, in 2003, she was the recipient of the Conservancy Award from the Nature Conservancy.

Ms. Benedict is the author of five books, all which provide educational outreach to the public, science students and academics to build the bridge of connectivity to the natural world. Her works include, “The Naturalist’s Guide to the Southern Rockies,” from 2008, “Valley of the Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve” from 2010 and “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest” from 2015. She also co-authored, “Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids” with Joe Gaydos and “Pacific Flyway: Waterbird Migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego,” with Geoff Hammerson and Rob Butler. Presently, Ms. Benedict holds membership with the American Society of Mammologists, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Colorado Native Plant Society, Nature Conservancy and Colorado Authors’ League. She also sits on the board of directors for the SeaDoc Society in California. To attest to her legacy, Ms. Benedict can also be found in the second edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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