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, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Aldo Leopold Memorial Award

Read the 1950-2005 winners’ biographies.

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