Magnolia residents were among the recipients of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2013 Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship. They were recognized at an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 at the Museum of History & Industry.

Among the winners were the birding volunteers at Discovery Park, who received the Wildlife Advocate Award. The volunteers, who include stalwarts Neil Zimmerman and Dan Harville, serve as bird tour leaders and citizen scientists, conducting a monthly Neighborhood Bird Project survey.

The nominees also included Magnolia’s David Dougherty, founder of the Olmsted Park Trust.

Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers donate about 350,000 hours to Seattle Parks and Recreation. Their service is valued at between $8 million and $10 million annually. 

The Denny Awards are named after David T. and Louisa Denny, who donated land for the first Seattle park in 1884 (Denny Park), where Seattle Parks and Recreation headquarters is located.