The ABA Claudia Wilds Award for Distinguished Service is an award given by the American Birding Association to a member who has given "long and useful service to the organization," either as a volunteer or as compensated staff, in recognition of the member's dedicated energy and years of service.[1]

One of five awards presented by the ABA for contributions to birding, the award is named in honor of Claudia Wilds (1931-1997), who made many contributions to ornithology and the ABA. Wilds was author of an important birdfinding guide to the mid-Atlantic states[2] and co-author of a handbook of the world's terns and skimmers, completed after her death.[3] Wilds served on the board of the ABA, was an associate editor of Birding magazine, wrote articles for The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, and was a consultant in the preparation of the National Geographic Society's field guide.[4] She herself was posthumously awarded the ABA's Ludlow Griscom Award in 1998.[5]

The Claudia Wilds Award was first bestowed on Larry Balch.

List of recipients

The award was introduced in 2000.


Year Name Notes
2000 Larry Balch Past ABA president[6]
2001 Bob Berman
2001 Cindy Lippincott
2002 Dan Williams Past ABA president[7]
2003 Paul Baicich
2005 Hugh Willoughby
2009 Jane Kostenko and J. Tyler Bell[8]
2010 John Kricher[9]
2014 Allan Keith[10] Past ABA president
2017 Lou Morrell

See also


  1. ^ American Birding Association. "ABA Awards". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ Wilds, Claudia (1992). Finding Birds in the National Capital Area (rev. ed.). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 9781560981756.
  3. ^ Wilds, Claudia; Joe DiCostanzo (2005). Terns and Skimmers: A Guide to the Terns and Skimmers of the World. A&C Black Publishers, Ltd. ISBN 9781873403426.
  4. ^ Lehman, Paul (October 1997). "A Tribute to Claudia Wilds (1931-1997)". Birding. 29 (5): 358–360.
  5. ^ a b "ABA Award Recipients". American Birding Association. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ Floyd, Ted (May–June 2006). "The History of Birding, Part III. 1981-1987" (PDF). Birding. 38 (3): 18–19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  7. ^ Floyd, Ted (September–October 2006). "The History of Birding, Part V. 1994-2000" (PDF). Birding. 38 (5): 18–19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  8. ^ Jett, George (May 2009). "SMAS Members Bell & Kostenko Honored" (PDF). The Osprey. Southern Maryland Audubon Society. 39 (8): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  9. ^ Wheaton College. "Faculty Work--The Sciences". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  10. ^ Culbert, Robert A. (12 February 2014). "Reigning Raptors". Vineyard Gazette. Edgardtown, MA. Retrieved 23 July 2014.