Ludlow Griscom Award

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The Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology is an award bestowed by the American Birding Association upon individuals who are determined to have "dramatically advanced the state of ornithological knowledge for a particular region," through long-term studies of status and distribution, the writing and/or publication of field guides to birds of a certain area, work as part of a breeding bird atlas project, through the publishing of academic papers on regional ornithology, or through their efforts in inspiring and teaching about the subject of birding.[1]

One of five awards presented by the ABA for contributions to ornithology, the award is named after Ludlow Griscom, considered the "Dean of the Birdwatchers",[2] a pioneer in field ornithology, and one of the first ornithologists to stress the importance of identification of birds in the field as opposed to the collection of specimens. The Ludlow Griscom Award was first presented to Roger Tory Peterson, considered the father of the modern field guide,[3] in 1980. In its early years, the award was more broadly designated to recognize "outstanding contributions to excellence in field birding."[4] After being awarded in 1981, it was awarded biannually from 1984 to 1998; since then, it has been awarded on an annual basis.

List of winners[edit]

Since the award's inception in 1980, there have been 29 recipients, including three years in which more than one award was given.[5]

Year Name Notes
1980 Roger Tory Peterson ABA also grants the Roger Tory Peterson Award
1981 Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr.
1984 Chandler Robbins ABA also grants the Chandler Robbins Award
1986 Jim Lane
1988 Susan Roney Drennan
1990 Guy McCaskie[6]
1992 Kenn Kaufman Youngest award winner[7]
1994 Theodore A. Parker III Posthumous award
1996 Richard Pough
1998 Claudia Wilds Posthumous award; ABA also grants the Claudia Wilds Award
1999 Stuart Keith First president of the ABA[8]
2000 W. Earl Godfrey[9]
2001 Peter Pyle
2002 Rich Stallcup[10]
2003 Bob and Martha Sargent[11]
2004 Bret Whitney[12]
2005 Wayne R. Petersen[13]
2006 James Dinsmore[14]
2007 Ruth Green[15]
2008 Bill Fenimore[16][17]
2009 Jim McCormac[18]
2010 Joseph Morlan[19]
2011 Tom Rusert[20]
2012 Mark Lockwood[21]
2012 Ian A. McLaren[22]
2013 Geoffrey Williamson[23]
2014 Kenneth Brock[24]
2014 Tom Kent[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Birding Association. "American Birding Association Awards". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Davis, William E., Jr. (1994). Dean of the Birdwatchers: A Biography of Ludlow Griscom. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. pp. x. ISBN 1-56098-310-8. 
  3. ^ Ehrlich, Paul R.; David S. Dobkin; Darryl Wheye (1988). The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds. New York, N.Y.: Fireside. p. 563. ISBN 0-671-65989-8. 
  4. ^ Davis (1994), p. 198.
  5. ^ American Birding Association. "ABA Award Recipients". Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Drennan, Susan Roney (Summer 1990). "...from the editor's desk". American Birds 44 (2): 186. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kenn Kaufman". BirdWatching. Kalmbach Publishing Co. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Wilds, Claudia (February 1994). "The ABA from Hatching to Fledging". Birding 26 (1). Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Houston, C. Stuart; Gosselin, Michael (January 2003). "In Memoriam: W. Earl Godfrey, 1910-2002". The Auk 120 (1): 196–198. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2003)120[0196:imweg]2.0.co;2. 
  10. ^ Roberson, Don. "Rich Stallcup". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Swiderski, John (March 2007). "Bob and Martha Sargent – 2007 Greene Award Recipients". GOShawk (Georgia Ornithological Society) 34 (1): 4. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Staff Research Associate Receives Award". Museum Quarterly (LSU Museum of Natural Science) 23 (1): 13. February 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Wayne Petersen: Field Guides Leader". Field Guides. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Niyo, Kayleen A. (Summer 2006). "James J. Dinsmore, Recipient of the ABA Ludlow Griscom Award". Iowa Bird Life (Iowa Ornithologists' Union) 76 (3): 177–179. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Award Presented to Ruth Green". The Meadowlark (Audubon Society of Omaha) 36 (7): 3. September 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "ABA’s Ludlow Griscom Award". The Stilt (Bridgerland Audubon Society) 37 (5): 1. May 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Wild Bird Centers Of America Franchisee, William Fenimore, Receives Prestigious Ludlow Griscom Award". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "ABA Honors Jim McCormac with Ludlow Griscom Award". The Cerulean (Ohio Ornithological Society) 6 (1): 2. Spring 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Rycenga, Jennifer (June–August 2011). "Birders Flocking to San Mateo County". Sequoia Needles (Sequoia Audubon Society, San Mateo County) 61 (5): 1. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  20. ^ Charrier-Botts, Emily (16 June 2011). "Rusert earns bird award". Sonoma News. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  21. ^ Loving, Madeline (25 June 2012). "ABA Awards Author Ludlow Griscom Award". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Elliott, Wendy (19 October 2012). "Arts Scene Oct. 10: New bird book". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Brotman, Barbara (6 February 2013). "Talking birds at the bar: Bird-watchers gather over beers to exchange stories from the field". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Ammeson, Jane (1 April 2014). "Local birder receives award for advancing ornithology in our region". The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN: Times Media Company). Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Bendorf, Carl (April 2014). "Tom Kent Receives Ludlow Griscom Award from American Birding Association". Eastern Iowa Birdwatch (Iowa City, IA: Iowa City Bird Club) 34 (1): 4. Retrieved 23 July 2014.