Refuges were front and center in the three Service 2012 Science Awards. Baron Horiuchi, the Service’s only horticulturalist, received the individual Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence for efforts to restore rare native plants at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge in Hawaii. The staff at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge received the group Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence. Linda Welch, Sara Williams, Michael Langlois, Beth Goettel, James Fortier, Brian Benedict and Teressa Cultrera were honored for landscape–scale, collaborative science in managing the needs of migratory birds, especially in the face of proposed offshore wind energy development. Grant Harris, Southwest Region biological services chief, received the Science Leadership Award, in part for work with the Refuge System Inventory and Monitoring program.