Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

The nomination deadline for WSO's annual Passenger Pigeon Awards is December 31, 2016. Nominations are being sought from WSO members and the general public in six categories:

Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award (formerly the Green Passenger Pigeon Award)

This award recognizes outstanding contribution to bird conservation in Wisconsin

Bronze Passenger Pigeon

Presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their local communities or in the state to promote the field of ornithology

Golden Passenger Pigeon

Presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of ornithology

Silver Passenger Pigeon

Presented to members of WSO for distinguished service to the society

Certificate of Achievement

This award recognizes previous recipients of the Silver Passenger Pigeon who continue to provide exceptional service to WSO

Samuel D. Robbins Lifetime Achievement 

This award honors people who actively contribute to WSO above and beyond their having previously received the Silver Passenger Pigeon Award

Limit your letter of nomination to one page and send it to WSO Awards Committee Chair Andy Paulios at awards@wsobirds.org. Awards will be presented on June 16, 2017, at the Society's 78th annual convention at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel in Forest County.

There are two awards for which input from our members is most important. Please give special thought to those ornithologists, bird watchers, and conservation workers or volunteers that you feel deserve special statewide recognition in these categories:

Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award: This award was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding contributions to bird conservation in Wisconsin. Recipients may be an individual, group, or organization that made contributions in the following: working on behalf of endangered, threatened, and/or common species; promoting the establishment,management, and protection of bird habitat; and/or educating the public on bird conservation issues

Bronze Passenger Pigeon: This award, initiated in 1994, honors individuals that have made outstanding contributions in their local communities or in the state to promote the field of ornithology. The contributions may be made through teaching (all levels); through conservation work (protection, preservation, restoration of habitat, etc.); or through organizational efforts (forming bird clubs or other groups which further ornithology).

Last year’s honorees: Noel J. Cutright Award to David Sample, WDNR conservation biologist and regional leader in grassland bird conservation. Bronze Passenger Pigeon to Rick Fare, a member of Hoy Audubon Society board for more than 10 years who has devoted countless hours to developing and presenting programs to educate the public about bird conservation. Silver Passenger Pigeon to Christine Zimmerman and Margaret Brasser, both of who have served on WSO Convention Committee for 12 years. Zimmerman has chaired committee since 2011; Brasser is longtime convention registrar and committee secretary. To see a complete list of past award recipients, go to http://wsobirds.org/about-wso/awards