The Edwards Prize for the best major article in each volume of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin) was first awarded by the WOS in 1970.
The Prize is named in memory of Ernest P. “Buck” Edwards (1919–2011). Dr. Edwards taught ornithology, ecology and field natural history at Sweet Briar College from 1965 to 1990. He published several books, including A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico (1972); Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A Field Guide (2006);and The Hummingbirds of North and Middle America (2008). Dr. Edwards proposed the idea for a Best Paper Prize and provided initial supporting funds.
The Edwards Prize-winning paper is chosen by the Editor of the WJO. It consists of a plaque presented at the annual meeting following completion of each volume of the journal. Recent Edwards Prize-winning papers are Open Access available on the WJO website and by clicking the on the paper titles in the list below.
Sumiko K. Weir, Shandelle M. Henson, James L. Hayward, Gordon J. Atkins, Ashley A. Polski, WayAnne Watson, and Amanda G. Sandler
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