Roger Tory Peterson Award

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The ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding is an award given by the American Birding Association to an individual who, over the course of a lifetime, has advanced the cause of birding.[1]

One of five awards presented by the ABA for contributions to ornithology, the award is named in honor of Roger Tory Peterson. As author, artist, and educator, Peterson "furthered the study, appreciation and protection of birds the world over," was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and served as one of the inspirations for the 20th century environmental movement.[1]

The award was first bestowed on Arnold Small.

List of recipients[edit]

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

Year Name Notes
2000 Arnold Small[3] Past ABA president[4]
2001 Pete Dunne[5]
2002 David Allen Sibley[6]
2004 Victor Emanuel[7]
2008 Kenn Kaufman[3]
2009 John Rowlett[8]
2012 Jon L. Dunn
2013 Noble Proctor[9]
2014 Laura Erickson[10]
2015 Chandler Robbins[11] ABA also grants the Chandler Robbins Award for Education/Conservation


  1. ^ a b American Birding Association. "American Birding Association Awards". Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ American Birding Association. "ABA Award Recipients". Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hagner, Chuck. "Kaufman receives ABA's Peterson Award". Madavor Media, LLC. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Floyd, Ted (March–April 2006). "The History of Birding, Part II. 1975-1980" (PDF). Birding. 38 (2): 20–21. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Centennial Celebration and Awards Banquet" (PDF). Phainopepla. San Fernando Valley Audubon Society. 57 (1): 6. February 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "David Allen Sibley". Madavor Media, LLC. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Chapman, Carol Flake (June 2009). "A Birder Like No Other". Texas Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "John Rowlett: Field Guides Leader". Field Guides. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Roger Tory Peterson Institute. "Roger Tory Peterson Bird Fest". Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Cunnigham, Val (18 February 2014). "Birder Laura Erickson wins birding association honor". StarTribune. Minneapolis, MN: Star Tribune Media Company, LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Strikwerda, Tom (May 2015). "President's Corner" (PDF). The Maryland Yellowthroat. Monrovia, MD: Maryland Ornithological Society. 35 (3): 1–2. Retrieved 29 June 2015.