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WSO seeking nominations for 2020 Passenger Pigeon Awards

(BIG NEWS! The nomination process has been SIMPLIFIED!)

Each fall, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology announces their annual appeal for Passenger Pigeon Award nominations—and this year the process has been simplified. Yes indeed, based on a number of reasons (mostly) related to improving the process, we have created a nomination form now available on the website that can be completed online, or printed for those who prefer a paper form. The easy-to-read format gives ample space for all the important information needed, and features handy descriptions of each award for quick reference. You can find the new nomination form here and it is also located within this edition of the Badger Birder.

WSO is NOW OPEN for nominations through the end of this year. Give special thought to those ornithologists, bird watchers and conservation workers or volunteers you feel deserve statewide recognition. If you have nominated someone in the past that wasn’t selected for an award that particular year, re-submit and try again. There can be many factors taken into account when the board selects their slate of winners.  

With the exception of the Hospitality Award, all 2020 award recipients will be formally recognized at the Awards Presentation and Reception held next May at the 81st WSO Annual Convention in Two Rivers. Please consider worthy individuals or groups for the following awards, and submit your nomination by December 31:

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.

Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award - recognizes outstanding contributions to bird conservation in Wisconsin.

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 blic's awareness and appreciation for birds, their habitats or the need for conservation.

Hospitality – recognizes home and business owners that are gracious hosts and stewards of rare bird species.


Tom Schultz, Noel Cutright and Mary Donald at the 2001 Convention

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