The Marion Jenkinson Service Award is given to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOS, including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered contributions and committee participation. The award honors Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the AOU as Treasurer and in other capacities for many years. Past recipients who are at this meeting include Jim Herkert, Spencer Sealy, John Fitzpatrick, Ross Lien, and Jay Sheppard. The officers of the AOS select the awardee on behalf of the society. The award consists of a framed certificate and an honorarium.
The 2017 award is presented to Dr. Erica H Dunn, Research Scientist Emeritus, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa. Dr. Erica Dunn, known to all as Ricky, has a 50/40 record for our society, 50 years a member and 40 years of service. Ricky has worked tirelessly to advance the science of ornithology and to promote the effectiveness of ornithological societies and institutions in North America. She began her active leadership service to the AOU in 1979 when she served as chair of the Committee on ‘AOU and Amateurs’ and she continues service in this vein, chairing the Birds of North America Liaison Committee. She also served on at least 14 committees. In addition, Dr. Dunn served as President from 2006-2008. Finally, Ricky is a go-to person that we can always count on to think first and foremost about what is best for ornithological science and to make strategic recommendations that help guide our organization. You can learn more about Ricky, including what her favorite bird is and why she’s involved with AOS, via her Faces of AOS profile.
In recognition of her outstanding and diverse service to the AOS and earlier ornithological societies over the past four decades, the society is proud to name Dr. Erica H Dunn as the recipient of the 2017 Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award. Congratulations Ricky!!