Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors
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Service Awards were presented to Nathan Pieplow at the Annual Meeting of Western Field Ornithologists, Billings, Montana, June 13, 2015, and to Peter LaTourrette shortly after the meeting.

WFO Vice President Tom Blackman presents Nathan Pieplow with a framed print of Sabine’s gulls in flight,
specially created by Andrew Birch. Photograph by Joyce Meyer.

WFO recognizes two members with our WFO Volunteer Award.


For their many years of volunteer effort on behalf of Western Field Ornithologists and field ornithology in the west.

Nathan Pieplow of Boulder, Colorado has conducted bird sound identification panels at every WFO conference since the 2006 conference in Boulder, Colorado. These sessions have always been very popular, especially since Nathan adopted the format of a pub style contest among self-chosen teams a few years ago. Nathan conducted his first bird sound-related workshop at our 2009 conference in Boise, Idaho and has offered similar workshops at most conferences since then. Recent workshops have been based on material that will appear in Nathan’s forthcoming two-volume Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds.

Peter LaTourrette of Los Altos, California became Photo Editor of Western Birds in 1992. For more than 20 years Peter has chosen WB’s cover photos and processed all the photos that have appeared in our journal. Peter also prepared all the color photographs that appear in Rare Birds of California, published by WFO in 2007. Because Peter was unable to attend our conference in Billings, President Dave Quady met with him and his wife in the San Francisco Bay area, on July 15, 2015 to honor Peter with WFO’s Volunteer Award.