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Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Wildlife Biologist of the Year Award”

The Chapter’s “Wildlife Biologist of the Year Award” is presented to a biologist, who in the opinion of the ACTWS Awards Committee has made outstanding contributions toward wildlife conservation in Alabama.  Each award will consist of a certificate, monetary award and recognition at the Chapter’s annual meeting. 

Nominations must be submitted by an ACTWS member.  Nominations should include information on the candidate’s background such as education, training, career accomplishments, and the achievement for which the nomination is being submitted.  As much information as practical within the space constraints should be furnished to aid the Committee during the selection process.  Nomination guidelines are:

  1. Nominee and nominator must be a current member of ACTWS.
  2. Nominations may be given for a specific project, a career of work, or a combination of both.
  3. Nominations should consist of a short (< 400 words) description of the contribution/achievement for which the nomination is being made.  Achievements can be related to research, management, administration or education. 
  4. Nominations must contain the nominee and nominator’s full name, address, email address and phone number.

Nominations and the deadlines will be advertised through the ACTWS communications network prior to each annual meeting.

Past Winners

 

Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Lifetime Achievement Award”

The Chapter’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” is presented to wildlife professionals, who in the opinion of the ACTWS Awards Committee have made significant impacts over their career to the field of wildlife management in Alabama.  Each award will consist of a certificate and special presentation along with recognition at the Chapter’s annual meeting. 

Nominations must be submitted by an ACTWS member.  Nominations should include information on the candidate’s background such as education, training, career accomplishments, and the achievement for which the nomination is being submitted.  As much information as practical within the space constraints should be furnished to aid the Committee during the selection process.  Nomination guidelines are:

  1. Nominee and nominator must be a current member of ACTWS.
  2. Nominee must have worked in the wildlife management arena for at least 20 years. 
  3. Nominations should be submitted for a career of work with significant impacts on wildlife management in Alabama. 
  4. Nominations should consist of a short (< 2,000 words) description of the achievements for which the nomination is being made.  Achievements can be related to research, management, administration or education. 
  5. Nominations must contain the nominee and nominator’s full name, address, email address and phone number.
  6. Two additional references or letters of support should also be submitted along with nomination form to provide insights of the nominee’s personal character and professional accomplishments. 

Nominations and the deadlines will be advertised through the ACTWS communications network prior to each annual meeting.  Due to the prestigious nature of the award, it is not expected that it will be awarded annually, although nominations could be submitted at any time.

Past Winners


Past Winners

Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Wildlife Biologist of the Year Award” recipients

Year     Recipient

2021     Derek Colbert                Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service
2020    Ericha Shelton-Nix        Nongame Biologist, Alabama WFF
2019    Allison Cochran             Wildlife Biologist, U. S. Forest Service

Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipients

Year     Recipient

2020    Rhett Johnson              Auburn University and The Longleaf Alliance
2019    Frank Boyd                   State Director, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Wildlife Services


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2021 Award Recipient

2020 Award Recipient

2019 Award Recipients

Allison Cochran, 2019 recipient of the Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Wildlife Biologist of the Year Award”
Frank Boyd, 2019 recipient of the Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Lifetime Achievement Award”