Awards and Honors

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Tim Manolis receives the Alan M. Craig Award at WFO’s annual conference in Fortuna, California.

Tim was a charter member of California Field Ornithologists, and was recognized as one of the many members of the Editorial Board of Western Birds beginning in 1973. Tim became an Associate Editor of Western Birds in 1984, and served in that capacity for 26 years straight, not stepping down until 2010. No one before or since has approached that many years of such service to Western Birds. Along the way he also served Western Field Ornithologists as a Director (1983-early 1985), Vice President (later in 1985), and Acting President (1986), and as WFO’s sixth President (1987–late 1989).

Peter Pyle award

WFO President Dave Quady presents to Alan M. Craig award recipient Tim Manolis a framed print
of Andy Birch’s Sabine’s Gull watercolor painting. Photo by © Ron LeValley

In 1987, Western Field Ornithologists instituted the Alan M. Craig Award, to be given “on an irregular basis for exceptional service to the organization.” The award’s name honors an individual who was both a founding member of the organization and a founding editor of California Birds. In 1973, when the organization expanded its range of interest and California Birds became Western Birds, Alan became the journal’s editor. He guided the publication in that role for another fourteen years. Fittingly, Alan was the first recipient of the Alan M. Craig Award, in 1987. Virginia (Ginger) P. Johnson was the second recipient, in 2010, and Guy McCaskie was the third, in 2015.

All three previous recipients of the Craig Award were present in Fortuna to honor Tim as its fourth recipient.