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

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding achievements in bird conservation, promoting the field of ornithology, and contributing to the society and is seeking nominations through the end of the year for its 2019 Passenger Pigeon Awards. Please consider worthy individuals or groups for the following awards which will be presented at the 80th annual convention next May in Eau Claire, WI.

  • Hospitality – recognizes home and business owners that are gracious hosts and stewards of rare bird species.
  • Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award - recognizes outstanding contributions 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.
  • Silver Passenger Pigeon – presented to members of WSO for distinguished service to the Society.
  • Certificate of Appreciation - given to previous recipients of the Silver Passenger Pigeon who continue to provide exceptional service to the WSO.
  • Golden Passenger Pigeon – presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of ornithology.
  • Samuel D. Robbins Lifetime Achievement – honors people who actively contribute to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology above and beyond their having previously received the Silver Passenger Pigeon Award.
  • Special Recognition Award – recognizes the collective efforts of a far-reaching project or partnership that increases the public's awareness and appreciation for birds, their habitats or the need for conservation.

If you are interested in nominating someone for an award, please send the name and address of the nominee, along with a short description of what they did to merit the award to awards@wsobirds.org

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The Hospitality Award recognizes home and business owners that are gracious hosts and stewards of rare bird species. It is presented to private citizens and businesses that allow birdwatchers to access their properties and view rare birds, as well as those that act as responsible stewards to rare bird species. Recipients of this award receive a Certificate of Hospitality and will be recognized in the WSO newsletter.

The Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award was initiated in 2005 as the Green Passenger Pigeon Award. In 2014 the name was changed to honor one of Wisconsin's premier bird conservationists. Recipients may be an individual/group/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
  • educating the public on bird conservation issues

The Bronze Passenger Pigeon Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their local communities or in the state to promote the field of ornithology. The contributions may be 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).

The Silver Passenger Pigeon Award is presented to members of the WSO for "Distinguished Service" to the Society.

The Certificate of Appreciation is presented to recipients of the Silver Passenger Pigeon award who continue to provide exceptional service to the WSO.

The "Golden Passenger Pigeon" is awarded for outstanding achievement in the science of ornithology, recognizing published research, major book efforts or other such work in ornithology. It conveys life WSO membership upon the recipient and is limited to 15 living members at any time.

The Samuel D. Robbins Lifetime Achievement Award honors those people who actively contribute to the WSO above and beyond their having previously received the Silver Passenger Pigeon Award and the Certificate of Appreciation.

The Special Recognition Award was created to recognize the collective efforts of a far-reaching project or partnership that increases the public's awareness and appreciation for birds, their habitats or the need for conservation.

If you are interested in nominating someone for an award, please send the name and address of the nominee, along with a short description of what they did to merit the award, to awards@wsobirds.org