2012 Awards

2012 Award Recipients

Presented by President John McNerney, February 2012

The Raymond F. Dasmann Award for the Professional of the Year went to Dr. Scott Osborn. 2012 Dasmann Award
2012 Conservationist of the Year The Conservationist of the Year Award went to Trust for Public Land. Accepting for TPL was Dave Sutton, Director of the northern California and Nevada Program.
The Chapter of the Year Award went to the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter. Accepting for the Sac-Shasta Chapter is Lucy Harrington. 2012 Chapter of the Year
2012 Garrison Award The Barrett A. Garrison Mentor of the Year Award went to Dave Wyatt.
The James D. Yoakum Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to The Western Section of The Wildlife Society went to Don Yasuda. 2012 James Yoakum Award

The following TWS member received a past-presidents pin for his service to the Western Section at the annual business meeting:

  • Armand Gonzalez, Past-President 2011

The following TWS members received plaques for their service to the Western Section at the annual business meeting:

  • John McNerney, President 2011
  • Linda Leeman, President-Elect 2011
  • Natasha Dvorak, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Representative 2007-2011
  • Scott Osborn, Treasurer 2007 and 2011

The following student presenters received an award at the annual banquet:

Oral Presentation Results

Place Author School Title
First Massing, Cody Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo CAN PIKAS ADAPT TO RISING TEMPERATURES? COMPARISONS OF BEHAVIOR BETWEEN HIGH AND LOW ELEVATION PIKAS IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
Second Pearson, Wendy Humboldt State University NEST SUCCESS, MATE FIDELITY AND DISPERSAL IN SNOWY PLOVERS (CHARADRIUS NIVOSUS)
Third Goldenberg, William Humboldt State University SPATIAL ECOLOGY OF STELLER’S JAYS IN REDWOOD NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS
Honorable Mention Best, Michael Humboldt State University ECOLOGICAL ROLE OF THE SALAMANDER ENSATINA ESCHSCHOLTZII: DIRECT IMPACTS ON THE ARTHROPOD ASSEMBLAGE AND INDIRECT INFLUENCE ON THE CARBON CYCLE IN MIXED HARDWOOD
Honorable Mention Eberhart-Phillips, Luke Humboldt State University POPULATION VIABILITY OF SNOWY PLOVERS IN COASTAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Honorable Mention Blickley, Jennifer University of California, Davis THE IMPACTS OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENT NOISE PLAYBACK ON LEK ATTENDANCE AND BEHAVIOR IN GREATER SAGE-GROUSE

 

Poster Presentation Results

Place Author School Title
First Heath, Sacha Humboldt State University THE EFFECTS OF BIRD AND BAT ARTHROPOD PREDATION ON SAPLING BLACK COTTONWOODS IN THE CONTEXT OF RESTORATION
Second Phillips, Brendan Sonoma State University EFFECTS OF NEST TEMPERATURE VARIATION ON VIABILITY AND SEX DETERMINATION OF WESTERN POND TURTLES
Third Nonne, Daniel University of Nevada, Reno THE INFLUENCE OF DISTURBANCE ON GREATER SAGE-GROUSE NEST SURVIVAL
Honorable Mention Weintraub, Kelly Humboldt State University NEST SURVIVAL OF TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS IN CALIFORNIA’S SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Honorable Mention Matilton, Ryan et al. HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR THE WILDLIFE AND FORESTRY DEPARTMENTS OF THE HOOPA VALLEY TRIBE