Thomas Say Awards Program

Thomas_SayBeing an American naturalist during the eighteenth and nineteenth century required skill, intelligence, determination, support, and some luck. Self-taught naturalist Thomas Say (1787-1834), who identified more than 1,500 species of insects and animals unique to North America (including the coyote), was one of these brave naturalists who helped blaze a trail for future naturalists. This award program is named in his honor, as are numerous species such as Say’s phoebe, Sayornis saya. He represents innovation, commitment, and a passion to contribute to science.

The Thomas Say Awards Program strives to honor naturalists who have demonstrated the highest accomplishments of our profession and have inspired greater understanding, awareness, and stewardship of our natural resources.

These awards of excellence not only provide much deserved recognition for our fellow section members, but they also bring to the attention of administrators that they have outstanding employees, whose abilities and talents are recognized by other outside professional individuals and organizations. And, at times, it helps sway agencies and their budgets to be able to send these award recipients to the conference to receive the award in front of their peers.

It is now YOUR turn to make the effort and nominate someone (or something). The awards for 2020 will be given during the annual section meeting at the NAI National Conference in St. Augustine, Florida, November 10-14, 2020.

Detailed information about each award is available by clicking the links below. Please take the time to nominate someone deserving today. All nominees must be current members of the NAI Interpretive Naturalist Section.

The award categories are as follows:

Award of Excellence- Individual

Outstanding Program or Event

Outstanding Publication

Outstanding Site or Organization

Nominations for the 2020 Thomas Say Awards Program are open. Please nominate someone [or something] deserving today!

Deadline for nominations is August 15, 2020

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