ALDO LEOPOLD MEMORIAL AWARD

Leopold-MedalThe highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society is the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for distinguished service to wildlife conservation. The basic selection criterion is the significance of an individual’s contribution(s) to the wildlife field. Recipients receive a medal, plaque, and honorary membership in The Wildlife Society.

Following Aldo Leopold’s death in April 1948, there was much sentiment within The Wildlife Society for establishing an award medal in his memory. The first medal, sculpted by Gifford MacGregor Proctor, was awarded to J.N. Darling at the Society’s 1950 meeting in San Francisco.

Models were finished that year and dies were cast early in 1951. After the 1951 meeting, one medal was presented privately to Mrs. Aldo Leopold as a token of friendship and respect.  An engraved medal was sent (a year late) to J.N. Darling, and a second annual presentation was made to Carl D. Shoemaker.

AWARD NOMINATION PROCESS AND CRITERIA

To nominate an individual for consideration, click here to learn about the criteria and the nomination process. Nomination forms must be submitted by May 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

ALDO LEOPOLD MEMORIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

Read the 1950-2005 winners’ biographies.

2017
Winifred Kessler

2016
Dale R. McCullough

2015
James D. Nichols

2014
Robert J. Warren

2013
Anthony R. E. Sinclair

2012
Daniel J. Decker

2011
Kenneth P. Burnham

2010
Douglas H. Johnson

2009
Ronald F. Labisky

2008
Richard D. Taber

2007
James E. Miller

2006
Paul R. Krausman

2005
Charles Meslow

2004
David R. Anderson

2003
Nova J. Silvy

2002
Rollin D. Sparrowe

2001
John W. Mumma

2000
Gary C. White

1999
David R. Klein

1998
John J. Craighead

1997
Milton W. Weller

1996
Robert D. Nelson

1995
Jack H. Berryman

1994
James G. Teer

1993
L. David Mech

1992
Glen C. Sanderson

1991
Jack Ward Thomas

1990
Tony J. Peterle

1989
Laurence R. Jahn

1988
Willard D. Klimstra

1987
Thomas S. Baskett

1986
Robert A. McCabe

1985
Frank C. Bellrose

1984
Joseph P. Linduska

1983
Daniel L. Leedy

1982
Thomas G. Scott

1981
Louis A. Krumholz

1980
H. Albert Hochbaum

1979
Raymond F. Dasmann

1978
Henry S. Mosby

1977
C. H. D. Clarke

1976
John S. Gottschalk

1975
Russell E. Train

1974
Lucille F. Stickel

1973
Gustav A. Swanson

1972
Joseph J. Hickey

1971
Stanley A. Cain

1970
Ian McTaggart Cowan

1969
Durward L. Allen

1968
Stewart L. Udall

1967
Seth Gordon

1966
Homer S. Swingle

1965
A. Starker Leopold

1964
Harry D. Ruhl

1963
Clarence M. Tarzwell

1962
Paul L. Errington

1961
Walter P. Taylor

1960
Enrique Beltran

1959
Ernest F. Swift

1958
E. R. Kalmbach

1957
C. R. Gutermuth

1956
Hoyes Lloyd

1955
Clarence Cottam

1954
Harold Titus

1953
Ira N. Gabrielson

1952
Olaus J. Murie

1951
Mrs. Aldo Leopold in honor of her late husband.

1951
Carl D. Shoemaker

1950
J. N. (Ding) Darling