Robert Ridgway Award

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The ABA Robert Ridgway Award for Publications in Field Ornithology is an award given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field ornithology literature in the areas of North American bird distribution and field identification. The award may honor a writer or an artist.[1]

One of five awards presented by the ABA for contributions to ornithology, the award is named in honor of Robert Ridgway, initiator of a monumental work of bird systematics, as well as one of the first color nomenclature systems for bird identification.

The award was first bestowed on Harold Mayfield.

List of recipients[edit]

Source: [2]

Year Name Notes
2002 Harold Mayfield[3]
2004 Susan M. Smith
2005 Steve N. G. Howell
2006 Donald Kroodsma[4]
2007 Bill Clark
2008 Bill Thompson III[5][6]
2012 Richard Crossley[7]


  1. ^ American Birding Association. "American Birding Association Awards". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ American Birding Association. "ABA Award Recipients". Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Pollick, Steve (2 June 2002). "Mayfield is honored again: Distinguished Toledo ornithologist to receive Ridgway Award". Toledo Blade. p. 17. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Donald Kroodsma". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "BWD Editor Wins ABA Award". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Three Rivers Birding Club: Bi-monthly Membership Meeting". 1 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Pellien, Jessica (4 October 2012). "Richard Crossley receives the 2012 ABA Robert Ridgway Award...". Retrieved 22 October 2012.