Wildlife Conservation Award
This award was created by OBS leaders and first presented in 1995. This differs from the Blue Feather Award in that membership in OBS is not a requirement. The award recognizes a strong conservation ethic throughout Ohio and in selected locations elsewhere. The recognition is given to honor individuals and organizations who are committed to this concept but manage the expression of those concepts in many different ways. Some examples of the concerns of the organizations and individuals recognized include: wildlife rehabilitation, ODNR/Wildlife management, the work/research of other bird conservation groups and individual wildlife conservation efforts.
Additionally, awards have been made for conservation efforts at Municipal Park Systems, Audubon Centers, Arboretums, County Parks, Metro-Park Districts and several ODNR divisions.
This broad base of concern permits The Ohio Bluebird Society to support and recognize outstanding wildlife conservation efforts wherever they may be undertaken.
List of Recipients
1995 Donald L. Burton, DVM – Worthington
1996 Edward L. Smith – Caldwell
1997 Dublin City Parks
1998 Aullwood Audubon Center – Dayton
1999 Toledo Metroparks – Lucas County
2000 Mark Shieldcastle ODNR/Wildlife – Oak Harbor
2001 American Bird Conservation Association
2002 Darke Countians for Wildlife – Greenville
2003 Raptor, Inc. – Cincinnati
2004 Dick Tuttle/Dick Phillips – Delaware
2005 Tim Brugeman/Hancock County Parks – Findlay
2006 Edith Conzett – Holden Arboretum
2007 Kendra Wecker – Wildlife Diversity Coordinator – ODNR/Wildlife
2011 Jay Reno Reda – Chardon
2012 Ken Cochran – Secrest Arboretum – Wooster
2013 Charlie Zepp – Dublin
2014 Jack Smith – Black River Audubon Society
2017 Ashland County Park District
2018 Beaver Creek Wetlands Association – Greene Co.
2019 Dawes Arboretum – Newark
2020 Lisa Brohl – Lake Eire Islands Conservancy
2021 Theodore W. “Ted” Hunker – Safari Golf Course