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Robert Todd Eberhardt Memorial Award

Nomination Deadline: 15 August 2015
Background:

Robert Todd Eberhardt was a quiet, honest, and dedicated wildlife professional with a strong passion for ducks, but he avoided the limelight and worked most effectively in the background. He clearly enriched the lives and careers of many students, colleagues and friends. He also was an avid outdoor person who enjoyed trapping, hunting and fishing. 

Following Todd Eberhardt's death in October 2002, a group of friends and colleagues discussed potential ways to recognize him for his significant contributions to the conservation and management of waterfowl and wetlands in North America. Accordingly, the group proposed the Robert Todd Eberhardt Memorial Award, which would be awarded approximately every three years at the North American Duck Symposium (NADS) to a recipient that has made significant contributions to waterfowl and wetland management and conservation while employed as a provincial or state biologist in North America. Several biologists have received this esteemed award since it was first presented at the Third NADS - November 2003:

  • NADS 6 (2013) - Tom Rothe, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • NADS 5 (2009) - Kenneth F. Abraham, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Trent University
  • NADS 4 (2006) - Stephen P. Havera, Illinois Natural History Survey
  • NADS 4 (2006) - Michael A. Johnson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department
  • NADS 3 (2003) - Dale D. Humburg, Missouri Department of Conservation

The Selection Committee for the Robert Todd Eberhardt Memorial Award is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the award to be presented at the upcoming NADS.

Nomination Criteria:
  1. The nominee should be an active “wildlifer” who has made significant contributions to waterfowl and wetland management and conservation while employed as a provincial or state biologist in North America.

  2. The award is given only to an individual.

  3. The nominee must be living at the time of selection.

Nomination Procedures:

Any person may submit a nomination for the award. Each nomination should include:

  1. a one-page statement emphasizing the basis for determining “significant contributions to waterfowl and wetland management and conservation”;

  2. a detailed C.V of the nominee; and

  3. three supporting letters from individuals familiar with the nominee and his/her contributions.

Submit one electronic copy of nomination materials to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Chris Nicolai at Chris_Nicolai@fws.gov, on or before 15 August 2015.

Award Selection Procedure:

The selection committee, which has representatives from each flyway and includes both American and Canadian members, is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the confidential files containing nomination materials for all candidates. The selection committee will use the following procedure to select a recipient:

  1. each member of the committee ranks in priority order his/her top five choices and provides a brief justification for each of the five rankings;

  2. the rankings and justifications are submitted to the Chair of the Selection Committee who copies and distributes them to each member of the committee;

  3. each member of the committee has the opportunity to evaluate the opinions and thoughts of other members and to consider his/her original ranking and submit a revised ranking; and

  4. the Chair of the Selection committee then conducts a series of runoff polls until a finalist is chosen by a majority. The Chair of the Selection Committee will only vote to break ties.

Following the current NADS meeting, the Chair of the Selection Committee will forward the nominations of unsuccessful candidates to the new Chair of NADS to be considered again for the award along with any new nominations at the appropriate time. The subsequent Selection Committee appointed by the new Chair of NADS may request updated information from the original nominators.

Award Presentation:

The current Chair of NADS will present this honor at the awards ceremony during the conference banquet. The Chair of the Selection Committee will provide summary information on the recipient to the Chair of NADS prior to the presentation and make arrangements to insure that the recipient attends the NADS to receive the award.

 


 

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