TWS announces 2021 awards recipients

The Wildlife Society is announcing the recipients of this year’s awards. Unfortunately, the recipients won’t have their on-stage moment at our virtual annual conference this year, but we don’t want their accomplishments to go unnoticed.

Keep an eye out on to learn more about these recipients in the coming weeks. And visit our conference website to keep up to date on the latest developments regarding the annual conference.

Aldo Leopold Memorial Award: Michael K. Phillips

TWS Fellows: Don Barnes, Patrick Magee, Nicki Frey, Krysten M. Zummo, Scott Hygnstrom, Krysten Schuler, Christopher S. DePerno, Rachael E. Urbanek, Christopher Moorman, Mike Chapel


Article/Journal Paper: Gunnar R. Kramer, David E. Andersen, David A. Buehler, Petra B. Wood, Sean Peterson, Justin A. Lehman, Kyle R. Aldinger, Lesley Bulluck, Sergio Harding, John A. Jones, John P. Loegering, Curtis Smalling, Rachel Vallender, Henry M. Streby. Population Trends in Vermivora Warblers Are Linked to Strong Migratory Connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Authored Book: Richard Sale. The Common Kestrel

Edited Book: Douglas W. Smith, Daniel R. Stahler, Daniel R. MacNulty. Yellowstone Wolves: Science and Discovery in the World’s First National Park

Monograph: Kristin H. Berry, Julie L. Yee, Timothy A. Shields, Laura Stockton. The Catastrophic Decline of Tortoises at a Fenced Natural Area. Wildlife Monographs

Student Paper: Christine E. Wilkinson, Alex McInturff, Jennifer R.B. Miller, Veronica Yovovich, Kaitlyn M. Gaynor, Kendall Calhoun, Harshad Karandikar, Jeff Vance Martin, Phoebe Parker-Shames, Avery Shawler, Amy Van Scoyoc, Justin S. Brashares. An Ecological Framework for Contextualizing Carnivore–Livestock Conflict. Conservation Biology


Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research: Steve Demarais

Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Award for Wildlife Stewardship Through Art: Arkansas Northern Bobwhite Conservation Stamp Project

Diversity Award: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Group Achievement Award: North Carolina Wildlife Federation

Special Recognition Service Award: Robert P. Lanka; Meredith Laws

Jim McDonough Award: Steve K. Windels


Conservation Education: Dennis Ferraro

Excellence in Wildlife Education: Elizabeth A. Flaherty

Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship: Alex Fish


Distinguished Service: Greg Schenbeck, Karen Swaim

Student Chapter Advisor of the Year: Cary D. Chevalier

Student Chapter of the Year: Stephen F. Austin State University Student Chapter of TWS

W.L. McAtee and G.V. Burger Award for Outstanding Service as an Associate Editor: Bill Block, Bradley F. Blackwell

Header Image: Credit: Steve Hillebrandt/USGWS