Paul Johnsgard receives national award from Audubon Society

Released on 05/27/2008, at 12:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb., May 27th, 2008 —

Paul A. Johnsgard, foundation professor emeritus of biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has received the Charles H. Callison Award recognizing outstanding National Audubon Society staff and volunteers.

Johnsgard is a world-renowned ornithologist and leader in conservation. His nomination was led by Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Denton with the support of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, and the local Audubon chapters in Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and Scottsbluff.

"The citizens of Nebraska and the world have been blessed by Paul's lifelong dedication to drawing attention to the beauty of our state and its amazing bird populations. We are thrilled that his efforts are being recognized in this way," said Marian Langan, director of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.

The author of more than 50 books on ornithology and the natural sciences, Johnsgard is also a prolific artist and photographer. For decades he has allowed numerous conservation groups free use of his photographs and drawings.

Johnsgard's award stated: "In recognition of his dedicated service and his major contributions to the goals of Audubon as a tireless volunteer at the chapter, state and national levels, his phenomenal knowledge and willingness to share inside the classroom and out, his extensive contributions to ornithology, the study of bird behavior and natural history in Nebraska and beyond, his deep generosity of spirit and energetic enthusiasm, and his passionate commitment to the cause of conservation locally and throughout the hemisphere."

The award was presented May 19 at the society's annual meeting in Greenwich, Conn. Langan accepted the award for Johnsgard, who couldn't attend due to a teaching commitment in western Nebraska.

The National Audubon Society gives the Callison awards biennially to staff members and volunteers selected for criteria including environmental policy achievements, creativity, coalition building, and education and outreach. The award's namesake, Charlie Callison, was executive vice president of National Audubon Society from 1960 to 1977, and a leader in the creation of Audubon's field operations.

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Its national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

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