Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors
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WFO recognizes KATHY MOLINA with our WFO Volunteer Award, for her many years of volunteer effort on behalf of Western Field Ornithologists and field ornithology in the west.


Western Birds Editor Phil Unitt presents Kathy Molina with a framed print of Sabine’s Gulls in flight,
specially created by Andrew Birch. Photographer unknown.

A member of WFO for many years, Kathy Molina, of Tujunga, California, became an Associate Editor of Western Birds in 1999 and as such helped to conduct crucial review and editorial duties from then through 2012.  In late 2004 she agreed to become, in addition, the first Assistant Editor of Western Birds, a position created to take some time-consuming tasks off the desk of the Editor and a post she held until stepping down in late 2012.  As the Assistant Editor during those eight years, Kathy evaluated some 180 manuscripts for possible publication in Western Birds.  She distributed those submissions among the other Associate Editors for review and editorial suggestions (taking on those tasks for many submissions herself), following the collation of which the improved articles moved on to the Editor’s desk, whence they ultimately became the published Articles and Notes that constituted the foundation of Western Birds during those years.