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Awards &Conferences &Exec's Blog &News dgregg on 26 Jan 2011 11:55 am

Nominations Sought for 2011 Distinguished Naturalist Award

Nominations Sought for 2011 Rhode Island Distinguished Naturalist Award

Once a year the Directors of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey seek nominations for the Rhode Island Distinguished Naturalist Award, an honor presented to one or more people annually by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.

Over the years this award has become an expression of the deep and abiding respect our community holds for individuals who excel in their studies of Rhode Island ecosystems and in their ability to communicate the knowledge and understanding thus gained to others.

Consider the individuals who fired your interest in the natural world, served as role models for your own accomplishments in natural history, or contributed to the knowledge and protection of the organisms, geology, and ecosystems that you now enjoy. Please take a moment to nominate for this award those whom you respect and would wish to recognize.

A Distinguished Naturalist is someone who has excelled in one or more of the following categories:

• Significantly advanced scientific knowledge of Rhode Island’s organisms, geology, and ecosystems as evidenced by published books, scientific papers, and monographs;

• Is recognized as an outstanding teacher and educator to students and the public on the form, functions, and ecological significance of Rhode Island’s plants, animals, geology and natural systems;

• Contributed considerably to enhancing public awareness of the importance of understanding the natural history of Rhode Island’s ecosystems.

Currently serving RINHS staff and directors are not eligible for the award.

To learn more about past Distinguished Naturalist Award recipients, visit the DNA page of the website.

Submit nominations describing how your candidate fits these criteria by email to programadmin@rinhs.org or by mail to P.O. Box 1858, Kingston, RI 02881.
Deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Past nominations are kept and reconsidered every year, so if you’ve nominated someone in the past who did not win, you aren’t required to re-nominate them. You may wish to provide additional information if you feel it would help the committee.

Nominations will be reviewed by the RINHS Board of Directors and
the recipient(s) will be announced in April and recognized at the RINHS annual conference April 28.

One Response to “Nominations Sought for 2011 Distinguished Naturalist Award”

  1. on 28 Jan 2011 at 1:19 pm 1.Ray Hartenstine said …

    Since I was in Florida in the 1st week of January I picked up one aguatic species of freshwater snail and one land snail. I went to U. of Florida at Gainsville, to the Florida state museum and was able to get them ID… Before comming home I was given another somewhat large long and pointed land snail it was yellow outside and pink colored nacre inside the shell. In looking at this site I forget the names I was told but the long pointed shell come from Bermudia an invasive sp to florida and the flat disk like land shell is alo here. Our notthern land snails are not so colorfull but soem of Floridas landsnails are quite colorful.
    It a worth wile site to look at that is for sure… especially if you decide to go to florida it will give you something to look out for in your travels…!
    Enjoy!
    Ray

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