Awards and Honors

Western Field Ornithologists periodically pays tribute to individuals and organizations for their special contributions to our organization and to field ornithology in the West.

In 1987 WFO instituted an award to honor volunteers who have provided distinguished and meritorious service to the organization over a period of time. In establishing it, WFO’s board of directors resolved that the award would be granted only on an irregular basis for exceptional service to the organization. At WFO’s 12th Annual Meeting, in 1987, a very surprised Alan M. Craig received the award – named in his honor – for his long years of service as editor of Western Birds. The ceremony is described at http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/wb/v18n04/p0220-p0221.pdf

From time to time WFO also recognizes individuals and organizations in other ways for their service and contributions to the organization. In 2005, WFO honored Nancy Kenyon for designing and single handedly managing WFO’s conference registration system for three years.

At WFO’s 35th Annual Conference, in 2010, Virginia P. (Ginger) Johnson became the second recipient of the Alan M. Craig Award. Also, Jean D. Brandt and Pasadena Audubon Society received recognition for their unique contributions to the organization.

At WFO's 37th Annual Conference, in 2012, Larry Allen and Bob Evans were recognized for their volunteer service at WFO conferences over many years.

At WFO's 38th Annual Conference, in 2013, Heath Wakelee and Lena Hayashi were recognized for their years of volunteer service for WFO.

At WFO’s 39th Annual Conference, in 2014, Kathy Molina was recognized for her many years of service to Western Birds.

In March 2015, WFO’s Board of Directors voted to honor Robert W. Dickerman with the first Harry S. Swarth Award in Western Field Ornithology, to honor a body of work that significantly advances field ornithology in the west.

At WFO’s 40th Annual Conference, in 2015, Guy McCaskie became the third recipient of the Alan M. Craig Award. Pierre Devillers and Jean Terschuren were honored later in the year. Also, Nathan Pieplow and Peter LaTourrette were recognized for their volunteer service to WFO over many years.

At WFO’s 41st Annual Conference, Ed Harper was recognized for his many years of volunteer service to WFO and Lena Hayashi, who had similarly been honored in 2012, received a Life Membership in WFO for her continuing service. Also, Tim Manolis became the fourth recipient of the Alan M. Craig Award, and Peter Pyle received the Harry S. Swarth Award in Western Field Ornithology, which honors a body of work that significantly advances field ornithology in the west.



Ed Harper

Tim Manolis

Peter Pyle

Guy McCaskie, Pierre Devillers, and Jean Terschuren

Kathy Molina

Robert W. Dickerman

Nathan Pieplow and Peter LaTourrette

Heath Wakelee and Lena Hayashi

Larry Allen and Bob Evans

Virginia P. Johnson

Pasadena Audubon Society

Jean D. Brandt