The Wildlife Society’s Awards Program annually honors professional excellence, recognizes outstanding achievement and highlights contributions to wildlife science and management.

Through the years, many new awards have been established to recognize accomplishments in wildlife publications, management, science and professionalism. Special recognition by The Wildlife Society promotes the professional growth of our members, provides our membership with role models and strengthens the image of our membership in the eyes of their peers, employers, our leadership and society.

We encourage members to recognize the contributions of their peers by participating in the nomination process. Detailed nomination instructions and criteria are published in December for the upcoming year.

2020 TWS Award Nominations are now closed.


Education Awards

Conservation Education Award 
Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship
Excellence in Wildlife Education Award

Professional Achievement Awards

Aldo Leopold Memorial Award
Caesar Kleberg Award For Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research
Diversity Award
Group Achievement Award 
Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Award for Wildlife Stewardship Through Art
Jim McDonough Award 
Special Recognition Service Award 
Wildlife Publication Awards
Wildlife Restoration Awards

Service Awards

Chapter of the Year Award
Distinguished Service Awards
Honorary Membership 
Student Chapter Advisor of the Year
Student Chapter of the Year Award
TWS Fellows Award
W.L. McAtee and G.V. Burger Award for Outstanding Service as an Associate Editor