Susan Gallo wins much deserved award

Susan Gallo has been doing great things at Maine Audubon for Maine’s wildlife since 1998, so it was nice that her work was recognized this year with Source’s Conservation award from the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Bob Duchesne, a legislator and birding guide and writer, said it best: “Susan Gallo is one of those people that is behind the scenes and gets the work done but gets very little of the credit.”
Bob was talking about her work for bats, owls, loons, and more. “On all of those studies she is involved with,” said Bob, “she is doing much of the grunt work.”

Mary Pols wrote a good story about Susan and her work in the March 18 Maine Sunday Telegram, in which Susan praised all the wonderful Maine people she’s worked with over the years.

Susan’s work on loons has been especially important. I worked with her and Maine Audubon in 2002 to ban lead sinkers, and again in 2013 to strengthen that ban.

As Mary Pols so aptly concluded, writing about the haunting call of a loon, “Quietly, Susan Gallo has given a good portion of her career to making sure you can still hear that sound in the dark of a summer night.”

I often fall asleep at camp, listening to the call of a loon out on Sourdnahunk Lake. Thank you for that, Susan!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.