The awards are held each year to recognize the accomplishments of local conservation leaders. Charlie Corbeil was well-known in the conservation community prior to his unexpected death in 2013. He was known as one of the original "Wetlands Rangers" at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands. In addition, Corbeil's nature photography is displayed throughout the world and he helped many youths hone their wildlife photography skills as well. Corbeil also held a certification as a Florida Master Naturalist. Corbeil along with his wife Charlotte contributed a popular wildlife column each month in the Viera Voice.