Aldo Leopold Memorial Award

The highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society is the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for distinguished service to wildlife conservation. The basic selection criterion is the significance of an individual’s contribution(s) to the wildlife field. Recipients receive a medal, plaque, and honorary membership in The Wildlife Society.

Following Aldo Leopold's death in April 1948, there was much sentiment within The Wildlife Society for establishing an award medal in his memory.

President Storer instructed the Awards Committee to develop a proposal for presentation at the annual meeting in 1949. The report was approved by the membership and published in The Journal of Wildlife Management (13[3]:331, 1949).

The next year, sculptor Gifford MacGregor Proctor was commissioned to design and execute models for a suitable medal in bronze bearing a likeness of Aldo Leopold on the obverse. Although the art work was not ready, the first medal was awarded to J.N. Darling at the Society's 1950 meeting in San Francisco.

Models were finished that year and dies were cast early in 1951. After the 1951 meeting, one medal was presented privately to Mrs. Aldo Leopold as a token of friendship and respect.

An engraved medal was sent (a year late) to J.N. Darling, and a second annual presentation was made to Carl D. Shoemaker.

Criteria

  1. The nominee should have a well-established and distinguished career that has been of undoubted significance to the cause of wildlife conservation.
  2. The award is given only to an individual.
  3. Nominee must be living.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations consist of a statement emphasizing the basis for determining “distinguished service to wildlife conservation,” a detailed resume, and no more than five supporting letters.

Email all materials as a single PDF file to Awards@wildlife.org by March 15, 2014.

Previous Winners

Read the winners' biographies.

2013
Anthony R. E. Sinclair
 
2012
Daniel J. Decker
 
2011
Kenneth P. Burnham
 
2010
Douglas H. Johnson
 
2009
Ronald F. Labisky
 
2008
Richard D. Taber
 
2007
James E. Miller
 
2006
Paul R. Krausman
 
2005
Charles Meslow
 
2004
David R. Anderson
 
2003
Nova J. Silvy
 
2002
Rollin D. Sparrowe
 
2001
John W. Mumma
 
2000
Gary C. White
 
1999
David R. Klein
 
1998
John J. Craighead
 
1997
Milton W. Weller
 
1996
Robert D. Nelson
 
1995
Jack H. Berryman
 
1994
James G. Teer
 
1993
L. David Mech
 
1992
Glen C. Sanderson
1991
Jack Ward Thomas
 
1990
Tony J. Peterle
 
1989
Laurence R. Jahn
 
1988
Willard D. Klimstra
 
1987
Thomas S. Baskett
 
1986
Robert A. McCabe
 
1985
Frank C. Bellrose
 
1984
Joseph P. Linduska
 
1983
Daniel L. Leedy
 
1982
Thomas G. Scott
 
1981
Louis A. Krumholz
 
1980
H. Albert Hochbaum
 
1979
Raymond F. Dasmann
 
1978
Henry S. Mosby
 
1977
C. H. D. Clarke
 
1976
John S. Gottschalk
 
1975
Russell E. Train
 
1974
Lucille F. Stickel
 
1973
Gustav A. Swanson
 
1972
Joseph J. Hickey
 
1971
Stanley A. Cain
 
1970
Ian McTaggart Cowan
1969
Durward L. Allen
 
1968
Stewart L. Udall
 
1967
Seth Gordon
 
1966
Homer S. Swingle
 
1965
A. Starker Leopold
 
1964
Harry D. Ruhl
 
1963
Clarence M. Tarzwell
 
1962
Paul L. Errington
 
1961
Walter P. Taylor
 
1960
Enrique Beltran
 
1959
Ernest F. Swift
 
1958
E. R. Kalmbach
 
1957
C. R. Gutermuth
 
1956
Hoyes Lloyd
 
1955
Clarence Cottam
 
1954
Harold Titus
 
1953
Ira N. Gabrielson
 
1952
Olaus J. Murie
 
1951
Mrs. Aldo Leopold in honor of her late husband.
 
1951
Carl D. Shoemaker
 
1950
J. N. (Ding) Darling