Charles H. Callison Award
The Charles H. Callison Award was established to give special recognition to an individual or group whose continued diligence has accomplished sound environmental legislative policy achievement at the local, state, or federal level. Nominees need to have achieved significant success in environmental policy, creativity, coalition-building, education and/or outreach. Two awards are presented, one in each category: Volunteer and Professional.
All are encouraged to nominate staff and volunteers for this prestigious recognition of significant accomplishments. This is a great way to recognize outstanding fellow staff, volunteer state or Center board members, Chapter leaders or very active, dedicated Audubon members. Deadline for nominations is January 15 each year. Awards are presented at the May Audubon Board Meeting.
Professional: An individual on an Audubon payroll – national, state, council or Chapter.
Volunteer: An individual or a group volunteering time for Audubon.
A nominee need not pass each criterion nor even the majority. These are not listed in any priority order.
- Achievement at the local, state or federal level of sound environmental policy.
- Creativity in using the always-limited resources available.
- Builder of coalitions through cooperating with other environmental, social and political groups to achieve common environmental goals.
- Creative thinking demonstrated by devising effective strategies and tactics to achieve environmental goals.
- Education through providing enlightenment and better understanding of environmental goals.
- Outreach to bring others into common consensus.
- Perseverance, patience and a positive attitude recognizing that progress takes time.
- Demonstrate an intelligent, environmental course for humankind through science and economic understanding.
- Generosity with time, commitment and talent to further the Audubon mission.
- Perspective spiced with humor, recognizing that we are but mortals with limited time and a capacity to do good.
Please send nominations of no more than 2 pages addressing the nominee’s accomplishments under any of the above criteria via email no later than January 15 to Lynn Tennefoss, VP of State Programs and Chapter Services.
Past Callison Award Winners
1994 Dave Cline
1995 Jim Cunningham (awarded 1996)
1996 Jesse Grantham and Charles Lee
1997 David Henderson (awarded 1998)
1998 Pat Waak
2000 Ed Carlson
2001 Glenn Olson (awarded 2002)
2002 Norm Brunswig
2003 Dr. William (Bill) Branan (awarded 2004)
2004 Lynn Tennefoss
2005 Stan Senner
2006 Tom Baptist and David Miller
2007 Diana King
2008 Eric Draper
2009 Chris Canfield
2010 Mike Daulton
2011 Les Corey
2012 Dan Taylor
1994 Joyce Wolf
1995 Grace Pierce Beck, Delaware Audubon Society (awarded 1996)
1996 Jess Morton, Palos Verde Audubon Society
1997 Tom and Eleanor Wootten, Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (awarded 1998)
1998 Dr. Gary Pearson, Dakota Prairie Audubon Society
2000 Anita Randolph, River Bluffs Audubon Society and Missouri Audubon Council
2001 Polly Reetz, Audubon Society of Greater Denver (awarded 2002)
2002 Bryan Dixon, Bridgerland Audubon Society
2003 Camille Broderick, Audubon Greenwich (awarded 2004)
2004 Dr. Marcy Brown-Marsden, Audubon Dallas
2005 Warren King, Otter Creek Audubon Society and Audubon Vermont
2006 Benjamin Olewine, IV, Audubon Connecticut and Audubon Pennsylvania
2007 Helen Engle, Tahoma Audubon Society and Audubon Washington, and Margery Nicholson, Audubon California, Audubon Alaska and National Audubon Society
2008 Dr. Paul A. Johnsgard, Audubon Nebraska
2009 S. Joyce King, Santa Fe Audubon Society, St. Petersburg Audubon Society and Audubon of Florida
2010 Margaret Copeland, Audubon Mississippi
2011 Richard Baker, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Florida
2012 Tom Jervis, Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society and Audubon New Mexico