Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors
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WFO recognizes Ed Harper with our WFO Volunteer Service Award.

For his many years of volunteer effort on behalf of Western Field Ornithologists and field ornithology in the west.
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Ed Harper shows off his Volunteer Service Award certificate. Photo by © Ron LeValley.

Ed Harper of Sacramento, California has conducted bird photo identification panels at every WFO conference since the 2008 conference in San Mateo, California. These sessions have always been instructive and very popular. Each year Ed has assembled a distinguished panel of birders to identify the birds his photographs depict. Correctly identifying the species is the goal, but more valuable and instructive than that is learning the field marks that point toward that identification and eliminate other candidate species. More often than not, one or more of the panelists adds comments about molt, phenology, migratory behavior, or other matters that further elaborate their identification process.

In addition to this ongoing service to WFO, Ed planned and led WFO’s very successful 2015 conference in Billings, Montana – our first conference ever in that state.