Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors
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Service Awards were presented to Lena Hayashi and Heath Wakelee at the Annual Meeting of Western Field Ornithologists, Olympia, Washington, August 24, 2013.

Left: Heath Wakelee; Middle: Ed Pandolfino, President; Right: Lena Hayashi, holding framed prints of Sabine’s Gulls in flight, specially created by Andrew Birch, Photo by © Alison Sheehey.

WFO recognizes two members with our WFO Volunteer Award.


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

Lena Hayashi of Huntington Beach, California and Heath Wakelee of Rocklin, California have been members of Western Field Ornithologists for many years and both are always ready to help out the organization in any ways they can. Lena has been central to making our recent special field trips to the South-central Sierra (2011) and Northeast California (2013) successful, handling ALL the logistics, travel, meals, and overall organization for each. Heath, a Red Cross Certified Wilderness First Aid instructor, has twice given workshops on wilderness first aid at WFO conferences, always refusing to accept any honoraria or compensation. Several years ago, Heath observed some of our issues with organizing field trip departures each morning and he designed and built the field trip sign holders we have used for the past 5 years. Every year when we see Lena or Heath at our annual conferences we can be certain their first words will be, "What can I do to help?"

Thank you both.