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.
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
Maria Nandadevi Cortes-Rodriguez, Rachel J. Sturge, and Kevin E. Omland
Morphological 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
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 Peterson
Avifaunal 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
Jeremy J. Kirchman and Kathryn J. Schneider
Range expansion and the breakdown of Bergmann’s Rule in Red-Bellied Woodpeckers (Melanerpes carolinus). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126:236-248
Donald Kroodsma, Debra Hamilton, Julio E. Sánchez, Bruce E. Byers, Hernán Fandiño-Mariño, David W. Stemple, Jill M. Trainer, and George V. N. Powell