2012 NAWMP Awards Announced

North American Waterfowl Management Plan Annual Awards

The 2013 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Annual Awards.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (Plan) is implemented through long-term partnerships of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals committed to the conservation of North American waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations and their wetlands habitats.The success of the Plan is directly related to the contributions of these dedicated partners, both short- and long-term.Some partners’ efforts have spanned a decade or more, while others have contributed to the Plan’s success through short-term actions.

To give recognition to their work, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee invites you to nominate a Plan partner to receive one of its two prestigious awards.These awards are conferred on an annual basis on deserving nominees who meet the following criteria. All nomination forms must be received by Jorge Coppen (jorge_coppen@fws.gov), NAWMP Coordinator, by February 15, 2014.

International Canvasback Award

The International Canvasback Award is presented to an exceptional individual, corporation, or organization that has made substantial contributions over a long period of time to the implementation and continuation of the Plan throughout North America.

Examples of qualifying activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Initiating, conducting, or enhancing conservation efforts over a long period of time that result in habitat accomplishments of international significance to North American waterfowl populations;
  • The initiation of legislation which results in benefits to North American waterfowl populations on an international scale; or
  • Establishing a corporate or public policy that results in substantial accomplishments of international significance to North American waterfowl populations.

National Blue-winged Teal Award

The National Blue-winged Teal Award recognizes partners whose activities at the national, regional, or local level result in substantial benefits to waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations or wetlands habitats, as a one-time, periodic or ongoing effort.

Examples of qualifying activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A gift of land or use of land, goods, or cash that is significant to attaining the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan;
  • Major legislative initiatives such as efforts by individual members of the U.S. Congress, Canadian Parliament, or Mexican Camara and their staffs or by state, provincial, or local legislative bodies to establish laws or programs of national or regional significance to waterfowl, other migratory birds, wetlands, or other habitats that help to attain Plan goals; or
  • Major actions that provide regionally significant benefits to waterfowl, other migratory birds, and their habitats.  This might be an administrative, legislative, or policy action by a state or local government official, a government land manager, a non-governmental organization, or a corporate board that decides to manage property or to market a product that significantly benefits waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory birds, or wetlands habitats.

Nominations and Timeframe

Nominations for these two awards may be made by any individual or organization using the Plan Committee's nomination form. Nominations from each country should be submitted to its respective national office responsible for administering the Plan. Addresses are found on the nomination form. Typically, each national office issues a Call for Nominations each December, and forms are due in February of the coming year. Winners of each award are selected and their nominators notified in March, in advance of the annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Award winners are announced during the conference.

Selection Process

For the National Blue-winged teal Award, Plan Committee members are responsible for reviewing all nominations from within their own country and selecting the recipient(s). The names of the recipients are shared with the full Plan Committee. For the International Canvasback Award, nominations from all countries are first reviewed by the Plan Committee’s Awards Subcommittee, comprised of members from each country. The Awards Subcommittee selects and presents the candidate recipient(s) to the full Plan Committee for final approval.

For More Information contact your country’s Plan Committee Co-chair.

Past and Current Recipients

1993
International Canvasback
Senator George Mitchell, United States
Gary T. Meyers, United States
James Patterson, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Senator Patrick J. Leahy, United States
James D. Range, United States
The Nature Conservancy, United States
Transcanada Pipelines, Canada
Don Simkin, Canada
André Magny, Canada
Inco Limited, Canada
1994
International Canvasback
Ducks Unlimited, Inc., United States
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Ducks Unlimited Mexico
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, United States
Harvey Nelson, United States
National Great Blue Heron
Ross Murphy, United States
Kenneth H. Hofmann, United States
John Vauglin, Canada
Eastern Irrigation District of Alberta, Canada
1995
International Canvasback
Kenneth Wich, United States
National Great Blue Heron
The Dow Chemical Company, United States
Daniel Chapin, United States
Governor Arne Carlson, United States
Ohio Division of Wildlife, United States
Westvaco Corporation, United States
1996
International Canvasback
Inuvialuit Game Council, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Stew Morrison, Canada
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, United States
Phillips Petroleum Company, United States
Mauricio Cervantes Abrego, Mexico
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, United States
1997
International Canvasback
Senator Don Nickles, United States
Robert Andrews, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Richard Goulden, Canada
1998
International Canvasback
James McCuaig, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
SaskPower, Canada
Bow River Irrigation District, Canada
1999
International Canvasback
Senator John H. Chafee, United States
National Great Blue Heron
Western Irrigation District, Canada
Michael R. Szymczak, United States
Northern Indiana Public Service Company, United States
2000
International Canvasback
Roger Holmes, United States
National Great Blue Heron
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., United States
The Williams Companies, Inc., United States
2001
International Canvasback
Charles K. Baxter, United States
John E. Frampton, United States
National Great Blue Heron
Lewis Mithun, United States
PacificCorp - Utah Power and Light Division, United States
St. Mary River Irrigation District, Canada
Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Canada
2002
International Canvasback
Natural Resources Canada-Polar Continental Shelf Project, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Special Areas Board, Canada
Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Canada
2003
International Canvasback
Rod Fowler, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Arnold Boer, Canada
2004
International Canvasback
Ken Cox, Canada
Dr. Art Martell, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Representative Steven Rothman, United States
Shelby Lake Farms, LLC, United States
The Iron Ore Company of Canada
Theresa Dupuis, Canada
Saskatchewan Environment, Canada
2005 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
Dr. George Finney, Canada
Duane Shroufe, United States
National Great Blue Heron
George Arsenault, Canada
Jay Bartsch, Canada
California Wildlife Conservation Board, United States
ConocoPhillips, United States
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, United States
Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District, United States
2006 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
David A. Smith, United States
National Great Blue Heron
Colorado Division of Wildlife, United States
North Dakota Game and Fish Department, United States
Reg Melanson, Canada
Len Warren, Canada
Dr. Morley Barrett, Canada
2007 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
Jerry Serie, United States
Dr. Stephen Wendt, Canada
Dr. Michael G. Anderson, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Ron Reynolds, United States
Steve Moran, United States
Ian Rudland, Canada
Herb Goulden, Canada
Bill Gummer, Canada
Dennis Sherratt, Canada
Gil Henderson, Canada
2008
International Canvasback
US Congressman John Dingell, United States
Mr. Lorne Colpitts, Canada
Ms. Sheila Tooze, Canada
National Great Blue Heron
Dave Nomsen, United States
Brett Calverley, Canada
Ken Ambrock, Canada
Donna Stewart, Canada
2009 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
Robert Blohm, United States
Keith McAloney. Canada
National Blue-winged Teal
Vernon Bevill, United States
Glenn Elison, United States
Ian Barnett, Canada
2010 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
Seth Mott, United States
Alan Wentz, Canada
National Blue-winged Teal
Carey Smith, United States
Carl Madsen, United States
California Waterfowl Association, United States
Ken Ross, Canada
Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, Canada
2011 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
Paul Schmidt
Dave Sharp
National Blue-winged Teal
Dr. John Eadie, United States
Deanna Dixon, Canada
2012 More about the Recipients
International Canvasback
Eldridge "Red" Hunt, United States
Jim Ringelman, United States
National Blue-winged Teal
Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes-Atlantic Regional Office, United States
Dr. Rick Kaminski and the Mississippi State University Waterfowl and Wetlands Science and Conservation Program, United States
Robert Shaffer, United States
Last updated: November 1, 2013