Chandler Robbins Award

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Chandler Robbins

The ABA Chandler Robbins Award for Education/Conservation is an award given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made significant contributions either to the education of birders or to bird conservation and the "management or preservation of habitats on which birds and birding depends." The award may also recognize efforts in both fields.[1]

One of five awards presented by the ABA for contributions to ornithology, the award is named in honor of Chandler Robbins, who himself advanced both conservation and education. Robbins is author of an influential field guide to birds and the architect of the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

The award was first bestowed on Ted Lee Eubanks.

List of recipients[edit]

Since the award's inception in 2000, there have been 15 recipients.[2]

Year Name Notes
2000 Ted Lee Eubanks
2002 Charles Duncan[3]
2003 David N. Pashley
2004 Jerome Jackson[4]
2006 Robert Ridgely[5]
2007 Jerry Bertrand
2008 Richard M. Daley[6] For his "innovative and far-reaching agenda in Chicago to create and promote a bird-friendly environment in an urban area."
2009 George Fenwick
2010 David DeSante[7]
2011 Donald Messersmith[8]
2012 Joseph Coleman[9]
2013 Tammy VerCauteren[10]
2014 Andrew Kinslow[11]
2015 Kimberly Kaufman[12]
2015 George Radcliffe[13]


  1. ^ American Birding Association. "American Birding Association Awards". Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ American Birding Association. "ABA Award Recipients". Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. "Charles Duncan". Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ HarperCollins Publishers. "Author: Jerome A. Jackson". Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  5. ^ World Land Trust (6 December 2011). "Prestigious award for Dr Robert Ridgely". Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "2008 ABA Award Winners". Winging It 20 (2): 6. April 2008. 
  7. ^ Institute for Bird Populations (March 2011). "Chandler Robbins Education and Conservation Award" (PDF). MAPS Chat (11): 2. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Mel Tansill (31 May 2011). "American Birding Association Presents its 2011 Chandler Robbins Award to Riderwood Retirement Community Resident Don Messersmith". Silver Spring Patch. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (4 June 2012). "Joe Coleman Receives American Birding Association Award". Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Playa Lakes Joint Venture (April 2013). "Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Takes the Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of Bird and Habitat Conservation". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Bliss, Karen (16 April 2014). "Kinslow named Conservation Educator of the Year, wins Chandler Robbins national award". (Rogersville, MO). Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Henry, Tom (9 May 2015). "Fans flock to area for Biggest Week in American Birding". Toledo Blade (Toledo, OH). Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Strikwerda, Tom (May 2015). "President's Corner" (PDF). The Maryland Yellowthroat (Monrovia, MD: Maryland Ornithological Society) 35 (3): 1–2. Retrieved 29 June 2015.