Blue Feather Award

Blue Feather Award

Preliminary efforts leading to the creation of The Ohio Bluebird Society took place in the mid-1980s. Not long after, the Society founders acted to create the prestigious Blue Feather Award. This award was intended to honor an OBS member and was given in recognition of that individual’s extraordinary accomplishments in all areas of Bluebird conservation and management. This would be a person who over time had made the OBS mission statement their very own. The areas of contribution would include, but not be limited to, effective trail management; unique creativity; and innovation supporting the return and perpetuation of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity-nesting birds.

List of Recipients

1991: Arlene Kunkel – Fredericktown
1992: Joe Huber – Heath
1993: Dick Tuttle – Delaware
1994: Dr. Wayne Davis – Lexington, KY
1995: Andrew Troyer – Conneautville, PA
1996: Bill and Joan Davis – Dayton
1997: Robert Orthwein – Columbus
1998: Mary Kowalchik – Mansfield & Darlene Sillick – Dublin
1999: Tom Kashmer – Fremont
2000: Lum and Meriam Bourne – Westerville
2001: Julie Zickefoose – Whipple
2002: Gil Trail – Mansfield
2003: Mel and Mary Ellen Bolt – Wooster
2004: Doug LeVasseur – Senecaville
2005: John Lapin – Poland
2006: Jean Rutan – Mechanicsburg
2007: D. Michael Worley – New Marshfield
2011: Earl Carlton – Carrollton
2012: Dean Sheldon – Greenwich
2013: Allen and Nina Bower – Britton, Michigan
2014: Fred Nye – Alvada
2015: Marcella Hawkins – Brinkhaven
2016: Tom Barber – Cambridge
2017: Jim Coffman – Tiffin
2018: Bethany Gray – Yellow Springs
2019: Dale Rabung – Medina
2020: Paula Ziebarth
2021: Mike Watson