Edwards Prize

The Edwards Prize is awarded by the Editor for the best major article in each volume of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (beginning with volume 118) or, formerly, The Wilson Bulletin

The Prize is named in memory of Ernest P. “Buck” Edwards (1919 – 2011). Dr. Edwards taught ornithology, ecology and field natural history at the University of Kentucky, at the University of the Pacific, and in the Department of Biology at Sweet Briar College (1965 – 1990). He also served as associate director of the Houston Museum of Natural History. He published several books, including Finding Birds in Mexicoand Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A Field Guide

Dr. Edwards proposed the original Best Paper Prize, first awarded by WOS in 1970, and provided inital supporting funds. Today, the Edwards Prize consists of a plaque presented at the annual meeting following completion of each volume of the journal. 

Award recipients

2018 Martin Nyffeler, Michael R. Maxwell, and J. V. Remsen, Jr.Bird predation by praying mantises: a global perspective. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129:331-344
2017 Maria Nandadevi Cortes-Rodriguez, Rachel J. Sturge, and Kevin E. OmlandMorphological and genetic variation of the Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater) across its widely disjunct distribution in Central America. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:22-31
2016 Peter A. Hosner, Michael J. Andersen, Mark B. Robbins, Abraham Urbay-Tello, Luis Cueto-Aparicio, Karen Verde-Guerra, Luis A. Sánchez-González, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, Roger L. Boyd, Jano Núñez, Jorge Tiravanti, Mariela Combe, Hannah L. Owens, and A. Townsend PetersonAvifaunal surveys of the Upper Apurímac River Valley, Ayacucho and Cuzco Departments, Peru: new distributional records and biogeographic, taxonomic, and conservation implications. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:563-581
2015Jeremy J. Kirchman and Kathryn J. SchneiderRange expansion and the breakdown of Bergmann’s Rule in Red-Bellied Woodpeckers (Melanerpes carolinus). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126:236-248
2014Donald Kroodsma, Debra Hamilton, Julio E. Sánchez, Bruce E. Byers, Hernán Fandiño-Mariño, David W. Stemple, Jill M. Trainer, and George V. N. PowellBehavioral evidence for song learning In the suboscine bellbirds (Procnias spp.; Cotingidae). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:1-14
2013Storrs L. OlsonHistory, structure, evolution, behavior, distribution, and ecology of the extinct Hawaiian genus Ciridops(Fringillidae, Carduelini, Drepanidini). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:651-674
2012Morton L. Isler and Bret M. WhitneySpecies limits in antbirds (Thamnophilidae): the Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis poecilinotus) complex. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:1-14
2011Robb S. A. Kaler, Steve E. Ebbert, Clait E. Braun, and Brett K. SandercockDemography of a reintroduced population of Evermann’s Rock Ptarmigan in the Aleutian Islands. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:1-14 
2010W. Andrew Cox and Thomas E. Martin Breeding biology of the Three-striped Warbler in Venezuela: a contrast between tropical and temperate parulids. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:667-678
2009Kevin Winker and Gary R. Graves Genetic structure of breeding and wintering populations of Swainson’s Warbler. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:433-445 
2008James A. Cox and Gary L. Slater Cooperative breeding in the Brown-headed Nuthatch. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119:1-8 
2007Cynthia A. Staicer, Victoria Ingalls, and Thomas W. Sherry Singing behavior varies with breeding status of American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:439-451 
2006J. Daniel Lambert, Kent P. McFarland, Christopher C. Rimmer, Steven D. Faccio, and Jonathan L. Atwood A practical model of Bicknell’s Thrush distribution in the Northeastern United States. Wilson Bulletin 117:1-11 
2005Carolyn B. Meyer, Sherri L. Miller, and C. John Ralph Stand-scale habitat associations across a large geographic region of an old-growth specialist, the Marbled Murrelet. Wilson Bulletin 116:197-210