“It’s really nice to be recognized by peers,” said this year’s Aldo Leopold Memorial Award winner Leigh Fredrickson.
“But I’m rewarded every day by people I work with. It’s been a joy. We all have different intellects and experiences. It’s important to appreciate and recognize and take those different ideas and information and put it into a framework to make better decisions.”
“I was his graduate student for eight years,” said TWS Fellow Jane Austin about Fredrickson. “When he wrote me back when I applied to Missouri, the gist of it was I train resource professionals. He believed in applied science and old fashion natural history and observation.”
Austin said that’s important in this day and age where there are things such as remote sensing and new technology.
“We need to keep field observations as a core.” she said.
“I’m just thrilled,” said Fredrickson’s wife Nicole Napp Fredrickson. “He’s still continuing his work now.”
She said he is putting on workshops all over the country regarding important flyways for migrating birds.
“He’s doing that because it’s applying his knowledge to people who are on the ground at all levels from the maintenance workers to biologists, managers and administrators because he believes so much in communication and interaction and that every person’s knowledge is important.”
“I’m incredibly proud,” said Fredrickson’s daughter Jill Daly Fredrickson. “He’s led such a passionate, meaningful career that has touched so many people. And they’ve touched his life too. He’s all about learning, understanding and growth.”