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 in 2015 is Wednesday, April 15. Awards will be presented at the Audubon Convention 2015 in July.
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.
- Significant contributions to the development or implementation of Audubon's strategic conservation priorities
- Distinctive achievement of conservation results at the local, state, flyway and/or international level, through policy, education, citizen science, restoration and engagement.
- Successful engagement of traditional and non-traditional audiences to meet conservation goals.
- Builder of coalitions through cooperating with other groups and organizations to achieve common environmental goals.
- Outreach to bring others into common consensus.
- Creativity in using the always-limited resources available.
- Perseverance, patience and a positive attitude recognizing that progress takes time.
- Generosity with time, commitment and talent to support the Audubon network and further Audubon's 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 April 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
2013 Walker Golder
2014 Stephen W. Kress
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
2013 Lowell Young, Yosemite Area Audubon Society
2014 Bob and Nancy Dean, Manatee Audubon Society