The James Mason Award is awarded at our annual banquet dinner every Spring to an individual or group that has demonstrated a commitment to bird conservation and/or environmental education in Indiana, particularly in the Wabash Valley.

Have an idea for a nomination? Please email Carissa Lovett at

with a description of the individual/group being nominated.

Past winners of the award (and their affiliations) include:

2019 Carissa Lovett, Dobbs Park Nature Center, WVAS

2018 Joy O'Keefe, ISU Center for NA Bat Research and Conservation

2017 Mike Lunsford, retired english/history teacher and columnist for the Tribune Star

2016 Ellen Lunsford & Amber Slaughterbeck, Wabashiki Turtle Research & Rescue team

2014 Joe Dickson, WVAS

2012 Phil and Brenda Milliren, WVAS

2011 Max Miller, Wabash Valley Riverscape

2010 Susie Dewey, WVAS

2009 Peter Scott, WVAS, ISU Biology

2008 TREES Inc., Terre Haute, Indiana

2007 no award given

2006 James McDonald, Indiana landowner practicing conservation and stewardship of his land

2005 John Whitaker, ISU Center for NA Bat Research and Conservation

2004 Gene Muench, WVAS

2003 Alan Bruner, WVAS, Indiana Audubon Society

2002 Charles Keller, co-author of Birds of Indiana

2001 no award given

2000 "Six from the Sixties", WVAS founders: Ruth Erickson, Betty Munsee, Ken & Pearl Eslinger, Henry & Margaret Tamar

1999 John Bacone, Indiana Dept of Natural Resources

1998 Marshall Parks, WVAS, ISU Life Sciences

1997 James Gammon, DePauw University

1996 Amy Mason, WVAS, Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Garden Club

1995 Paul Carmony, The Nature Conservancy

1994 Marion Jackson, WVAS, ISU Life Sciences

1993 Terri Moore, Indiana Natural Resource Commission

1992 Keith Ruble, Vigo County Parks Dept.

1991 H. Samuel Phipps, Indiana DNR

1990 Jack Munsee, WVAS, ISU Life Sciences