The John Pearce Memorial Award is awarded by the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society to Society members in the Northeast for outstanding professional accomplishments in wildlife conservation in the Northeast.
John Pearce was born in Manchester, England in 1908, and his family came to the United States in 1911. He was an avid outdoorsman and his first formal schooling was at the N.Y.S. Ranger School in Wanakena. After his graduation in 1927, John worked for timber companies in New Brunswick and Quebec and became deeply interested in forest-wildlife relations. He received an M.S. degree in silviculture from Syracuse University in 1935.
John’s first professional assignment was with the U.S. Forest Service as a junior biologist studying forest-game relationships, and in 1937 he transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lead similar studies. His outstanding interest and ability led to his selection as administrator of the Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at Orono, Maine, where many individuals began to fully appreciate his capabilities.
By 1942 John moved to Boston to be a Federal Aid Inspector for the increasing number of projects under the Pittman-Robertson Program. His exceptional administrative ability led to a series of promotions culminating in Regional Director in 1946. John handled the expanding post and programs admirably and became widely known for his personable approach and ability to handle wildlife problems. He visited nearly every field installation and was so interested in helping others that his own writings and publications in the field were limited. As a charter member of The Wildlife Society, he spent much time in helping organize this budding professional organization.
At the age of 40 cancer struck John and he died April 8, 1949. Soon after, colleagues established the John Pearce Memorial Award, and it has grown in stature ever since.
The John Pearce Memorial Award shall be made by the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society to Society members in the Northeast for outstanding professional accomplishments in wildlife conservation in the Northeast. The basic criteria for judging professional accomplishment of nominees shall be (1) contribution of knowledge and (2) leadership over a period of several years in any areas of wildlife work, including research, management, administration, or education – as evidence by publications, skillful development, and/or application of effective management or educational programs or methods. Any member of The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society may nominate persons to be considered by the Awards Committee. The award may be made to an individual, or jointly to individuals who have worked together for several years.
Submit candidate’s names, justifications, resumes, and letters of support to the Awards Committee Chairman, Gordon Batcheller (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 15 February each year (preferably via email).
Year John Pearce Memorial Award Recipient
1951 C.W. Severinghaus (NY), E.L. Cheatum (NY), M. King (MD), and L. McNamara (NJ)
1955 C.B. Belt
1956 H. Uhlig (WV)
1957 H.C. Chapman
1958 H. Silver (NH)
1960 Several Forest Products Companies (ME, NH)
1962 J. Wilson (NY) and C. Banasiak (ME)
1964 D. Benson (NY) and D. Sapp (DE)
1965 J. Gottschalk (DC)
1966 H. Mendall (ME)
1967 L. Lemieux (PQ)
1968 W.G. Sheldon (MA)
1969 W.M. Sharp (NY)
1970 B.S. Wright (NB)
1971 L. McNamara (NJ)
1972 O.H. Hewitt (NY)
1974 G. Moisan (PQ)
1975 P. Barske (CT)
1976 R.E. Griffith (USFWS)
1977 S.A. Liscinsky (PA)
1978 M. Coulter (ME)
1979 A. Bubenik (ON)
1980 R.L. Smith (WV)
1981 G.L. Bowers (PA)
1982 R.D. McDowell (CT)
1983 A. Moen (NY)
1984 J.L. George (PA), J.S. Lindzey (PA), & R.G. Wingard (PA)
1985 J.J. McDonough (MA)
1986 R.W. Fuller (VT)
1987 S.P. Shaw (PA)
1988 R. Darrow (NY)
1989 W.E. Dodge (MA)
1991 D.G. Dodds (NS)
1992 D. Progulske (MA) and D. Decker (NY)
1993 J.W. Chadwick (RI)
1994 B.W. Day, Jr. (VT)
1995 W.M. Healy (MA)
1996 P.R. Sauer (NY)
1997 R.M. DeGraaf (MA)
1998 G.L. Storm (PA)
1999 J.F. Organ (MA)
2000 D. deCalesta (PA)
2001 R.P. Brooks (PA)
2002 R.B. Owen, Jr. (ME)
2003 L.E. Garland (VT)
2004 J.J. Scanlon (MA)
2005 W.F. MacCallum (MA)
2006 Mariko Yamasaki (NH)
2007 Judith Silverberg (NH)
2008 No award presented
2009 Howard Kilpatrick
2010 James E. Evans
2011 Dennis Slate
2012 No award presented
2013 Scot Williamson (CT)
2014 John McDonald (MA)
2015 Gordon Batcheller (NY)
2016 No award presented
2017 Peter Pekins
The P.F. English Memorial Award
The P.F. English Memorial Award is presented annually by the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society to the outstanding undergraduate senior student of wildlife biology or wildlife management within the region. Its purpose is to acknowledge and to encourage students, and to perpetuate the name of the late P.F. English, an outstanding educator, sportsman, and inspiration to youth.
Dr. P. F. English was an outstanding educator in the field of wildlife management. He published approximately 50 papers and directed the graduate program of over 60 students. In a classroom or on a field trip, his personal philosophy had an impact that carried far beyond the scope of his courses. He staked his professional reputation and ability as a teacher on the competence of his students. Over the years he stuck by the conviction that his students’ accomplishments had not betrayed his trust. He was a charter member of The Wildlife Society and was President from 1946 to 1947.
Student must be a senior.
Student must be enrolled in a wildlife biology or wildlife management curriculum including forest science programs with a major in wildlife.
The student must show evidence of promise and/or achievement in scholarship, work experience and professional activities.
Scholarship (50 pts.)
Upper 5% = 50 pts.
Upper 10% = 45 pts.
Upper 15% = 40 pts.
Upper 20% = 35 pts.
Experience (20 pts.)
Work experience with excellent recommendation = 10 pts.
Work experience with good recommendation = 8 pts.
Work experience with satisfactory recommendation = 5 pts.
Activities (30 pts.)
Professional Societies 20 pts.
Member of The Wildlife Society = 10 pts.
Member of other professional society = 10 pts.
Recreational Interests 10 pts.
Member of sporting organization, participation in outdoor recreation, youth and educational interests (e.g., boy scouts, 4-H) and participation in local conservation organizations.
Submit student’s name, transcripts, GRE scores if available, evidence of work experience, and a personal letter of recommendation to the Awards Committee Chairperson, Gordon Batcheller (email@example.com), by 15 February each year (preferably via email).
Year P.F. English Memorial Award Recipient
1974 Malcolm L. Hunter, Jr.
1975 Kenneth Huntington (SUNY-Syracuse)
1976 Patricia Riexinger (Cornell Univ. NY)
1977 Thomas Smith (W. Va. Univ.)
1978 Michael W. Tome (Penn. State Univ.)
1980 Tamara E. Tiagwad (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1981 James M. Wentworth (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1982 Stephen K. Swallow (Cornell Univ. NY)
1984 Jennifer L. Quinn (Penn. State Univ.)
1985 Peter D’Anieri (Univ. Maine)
1986 Susan M. Fitzgerald (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1987 David R. Shoemaker (Unity College, ME)
1988 Rip S. Shively (Penn. State Univ.)
1989 Jeffrey Barber (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1990 Judith C. Loeven (Univ. N.H.)
1991 Shawn M. Crowley (Univ. Maine)
1992 Eric M. Schauber (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1993 Gil A. Paquette (Univ. Maine)
1994 Jeanne M. Hickey (SUNY-Syracuse)
1995 Robert Raftovich (W. Va. Univ.)
1996 Regina R. Allen
1997 Bradley Compton (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1998 Sarah Lupis (Univ. Mass. Amherst)
1999 Tansy Wagner (Univ. Maine)
2000 Jason Zimmer (Univ. N.H.)
2001 Tara Delderfield (Univ. R.I.)
2002 Stacey T. Coggins (Va. Tech.)
2003 Nathan Webb (University of Maine)
2004 Janice Huebner (University of New Hampshire)
2005 Christopher W. Habeck (University of New Hampshire)
2006 Sarah Spencer (University of Maine)
2007 Amy Wynia (University of Rhode Island)
2008 Emily E. Samargo (West Virgina University)
2009 Ben Wasserman (University of Maine)
2010 Jenny Murtaugh (State University of New York Cobleskill)
2011 Henry Jones (University of New Hampshire)
2012 Anna Kusler (Cornell University)
2013 David Keiter (SUNY-ESF)
2014 N.Scott Parkhill (University of Maine)
2015 Lucas Price (West Virginia University)
2016 Hannah Clipp (West Virginia University)
2017 Kyle Shute, University of Maine
Certificates of Recognition
Description and Criteria
In contrast to the John Pearce Memorial Award, which is presented for outstanding professional accomplishment, Certificates of Recognition may be awarded to people in any area of work, professional or non-professional, who have made noteworthy contributions to knowledge about wildlife or wildlife management, furthered public understanding, or who have made available increased wildlife habitat through modification of land use practices (e.g., agriculture, highways, forestry). Any member of the Northeast Section may recommend recipients of the Certificate of Recognition.
The Awards Committee will observe high standards in judging contributions. Therefore, a significant advance in techniques in wildlife conservation, in public acceptance, in areas of habitat for wildlife, or in some other facet within our field or interest should be demonstrated. The contribution need not have occurred in the year immediately preceding the recommendation. However, timely recognition is obviously desirable.
Members of the Awards Committee may not know the nominee or may not know of all his/her/their contributions or accomplishments. Therefore, judgment of eligibility could be influenced largely or entirely by the information provided by the nominator.
The following suggestions and guidelines are provided:
If the nominee is an individual, give name, address, and title. Give pertinent biographical information as to personal history, education, employment, and on-the-job experience and training.
If the nominee is a group, give name, affiliation and function. Give name and address of person to be notified if certificate is awarded.
Give the principal interest or activity of the suggested recipient.
Give the nature and location, where applicable, of the contributions or accomplishments.
If an individual was involved in a joint or team project, indicate the nominee’s share of the total effort or contributions.
State the importance and implications of the contributions or accomplishments in sufficient detail.
Submit candidate’s names, justifications, resumes, and letters of support to the Awards Committee Chairperson, Gordon Batcheller (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 15 February each year (preferably via email).
Awards Committee Chairperson: