Edwards Prize

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 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 webpage.

Award recipients

2019 Michael Titulaer, Alicia Melgoza-Castillo, Alberto Macias-Duarte, and Arvind O. Panjabi. Seed size, bill morphology, and handling time influences preferences for native versus nonnative grass seeds in three declining sparrows. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130:445-465
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. 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
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 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
2015 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
2014 Donald Kroodsma, Debra Hamilton, Julio E. Sánchez, Bruce E. Byers, Hernán Fandiño-Mariño, David W. Stemple, Jill M. Trainer, and George V. N. Powell Behavioral evidence for song learning In the suboscine bellbirds (Procnias spp.; Cotingidae). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:1-14
2013 Storrs L. Olson History, structure, evolution, behavior, distribution, and ecology of the extinct Hawaiian genus Ciridops(Fringillidae, Carduelini, Drepanidini). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:651-674
2012 Morton L. Isler and Bret M. Whitney Species limits in antbirds (Thamnophilidae): the Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis poecilinotus) complex. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:1-14
2011 Robb S. A. Kaler, Steve E. Ebbert, Clait E. Braun, and Brett K. Sandercock Demography of a reintroduced population of Evermann’s Rock Ptarmigan in the Aleutian Islands. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:1-14 
2010 W. 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
2009 Kevin Winker and Gary R. Graves  Genetic structure of breeding and wintering populations of Swainson’s Warbler. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:433-445 
2008 James A. Cox and Gary L. Slater  Cooperative breeding in the Brown-headed Nuthatch. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119:1-8 
2007 Cynthia 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 
2006 J. 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 
2005 Carolyn 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