This award is given to an early- or mid-career ornithologist who has performed continued extensive service to the Society, including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteer contributions and committee participation. The award consists of a framed certificate and honors Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the American Ornithologists’ Union as Treasurer and in other capacities for many years.

Previous Winners

2019   Alice Boyle
2018   Nick Mason
2017   Erica H. Dunn
2016   James Herkert
2015   Thomas Martin
2014   Sara Morris
2013   Spencer Sealy
2012   Alan Brush
2011   John W. Fitzpatrick
2010   Frank B. Gill
2009   M. Ross Lein
2008   Cheryl L. Trine
2007   Jay M. Sheppard

2006   Howard P. Brokaw
2005   Kimberly G. Smith
2004   C. Stuart Houston
2003   Peter Stettenheim
2002   Peter E. Lowther
2001   Ned K. Johnson
2000   James P. Dean
1999   Max C. Thompson
1998   Richard C. Banks
1997   No Award
1996   Glen E. Woolfenden


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