Aldo Leopold Award

The 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.

Award Criteria

  • The nominee should have a well-established and distinguished career that has been of undoubted significance to the cause of wildlife conservation.
  • The award is only given to an individual.
  • Nominee must be living.

You are encouraged to consider individuals not only from our traditional professional realm, but also those who bring their skills and talents to wildlife conservation from across society and across the world.

Nomination Procedures

Each nomination should include:

  • A statement emphasizing the basis for determining “distinguished service to wildlife conservation”
  • A detailed resume
  • No more than five supporting letters

Submit these materials via email to awards@wildlife.orgThe nomination and complete supporting documentation should be sent as a single PDF file by May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Nominations of unsuccessful candidates remain in the candidate pool for a maximum of three years, unless the individual is re-nominated.