2019 Award Winners Rich Burg and Cynthia Perrine are presented the James D. Yoakum for Outstanding Service and Commitment to The Western Section of The Wildlife Society by 2019 TWS-WS President Jeff Davis.  Photo by Janine Payne.

Call for Award Nominations

The Western Section recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to make contributions toward the Western Section’s goals. If you know of a deserving nominee for any of the below awards please contact the Award and Grants Committee Chair richard.burg@wildlife.ca.gov by December 1st.

1) Raymond F. Dasmann Award for the Professional of the Year The “Dasmann Award” is presented by the Western Section to Professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to wildlife resources management and understanding in California, Nevada, Hawaii, or Guam.

2) The Conservationist of the Year Award The Conservationist of the Year Award is presented by the Western Section to a person or group, engaged in wildlife conservation either as a profession or as an avocation, who has made an outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation in California, Nevada, Hawaii, or Guam.

3) Barrett A. Garrison “Outstanding Mentor Award The “Barrett A. Garrison Outstanding Mentor Award” is bestowed to a professional within California, Nevada, Hawaii, or Guam who has contributed to our profession by assisting the continued development of students and/or young professionals.

4) The Diversity Award  The Diversity Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in fostering inclusivity (including gender expression and identity, education, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, race, family status, languages, and ethnicities, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political and religious perspectives, and other human differences) in wildlife conservation. The award recognizes and reflects TWS-WS deep commitment to promoting an inclusive culture in California, Nevada, Hawaii (including Pacific Island territories).  

5)  James D. Yoakum Award The “James D. Yoakum Award” is intended to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding, long-term service, support, and commitment to the Western Section of The Wildlife Society.  Qualifications of Nominee: The nominee must be a member of The Wildlife Society and of The Western Section and must have dedicated a substantial amount of time, energy, and personal sacrifice to furthering the Section’s goals and facilitating its programs and operations. The Award recognizes service to the organization rather than contributions to wildlife management and conservation, which are recognized by the Section’s two other major awards, the “Raymond F. Dasmann Award for Professional of the Year” and the “Conservationist of the Year Award.”