The Ptarmigan Award

Ed Holub receives 2016 award from President Joe Roller. Photo by Will Burt.The Denver Field Ornithologists Ptarmigan Award is presented annually to a DFO Member who has voluntarily provided time and extra service for the benefit of DFO, its members, and the birding community. A Ptarmigan Award Nominating Committee is selected by the DFO Board. Potential awardees are suggested by board members. Following a review, the Committee then recommends an individual to the DFO Board and that individual is presented the Ptarmigan Award at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.


The award was initiated in 1988 to recognize Ruth Wheeler, the only living 1935 Charter member of the Colorado Bird Club (later known as DFO), and Thompson Marsh, prominent Denver birder and leader of DFO field trips.

RecID
Year
Name
Accomplishments
26
2016
Edmund J. Holub, Jr.
Ed Holub has served DFO tirelessly in many ways since 1984. For years, he toted bird books and magazines to every DFO meeting for members. He continues to serve as a frequent and popular DFO field trip leader and as a Christmas Bird Count leader every year. He also leads groups for the Denver spring and fall bird counts and continues to inspire new birders on every trip.
25
2015
Chuck Hundertmark
Chuck Hundertmark served DFO tirelessly for the past four years as president, more years than any other president. During that time Chuck enabled DFO to accomplish the following new organizational improvements: Bylaws; Lark Bunting design, editor, and graphic designer; set up an Investigative Committee and Finance Committee; field trip program, director, and Field Trip Leader Manual and Standards and Best Practices; liability waiver; newly designed DFO interactive website; historian; and reorganization of the board structure and a Policy Manual, which will assist the Nominating Committee in recruiting new officers and directors. In addition, Chuck regularly leads DFO field trips and assists in Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Colony Watch. He has served on the RMBO Board.
24
2014
Jackie King
Jackie has been associated with DFO for many years and has been a DFO field trip scheduler for 25 years. She has served on the DFO Board of Directors. Jackie has led many field trips, including weekend trips to the Nebraska Sandhills, southeast Colorado to see Lesser Prairie Chickens, Northeast Colorado to see Greater Prairie Chickens, Bonny Reservoir (at which time she saw a tornado), southern Wyoming, and Delta, Colorado. Additionally, she has led many regular DFO day trips. Jackie has been a leader for many Christmas Denver and Urban Bird Counts, including the areas of Barr Lake, Perry Park in Douglas County, Willowbrook, Commerce City, plus Spring and Fall Bird Counts. Jackie continues to lead DFO trips and also schedules DFO field trips.
1
2013
Joe Roller
Roller is a past member of the DFO board of directors, and currently serves on the boards of Colorado Field Ornithologists and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. A consummate networker, he brings people together both within each organization and between the groups. This relationship-building instinct was most recently seen after a fire in 2012 swept through the Last Chance oasis east of Denver. This crossroads on the eastern plains has long been a hot spot for birders during migration. After the fire, Joe talked with members of the Woodlin Lions Club, which maintains a rest stop at the oasis, and was instrumental in bringing members of the local community and the birding community together to clean up and restore this way station for birds and people. A birder since age 10, Roller has travelled on seven continents in the pursuit of new birds. He was one of the first DFO members to join Duane Nelson on Dinosaur Ridge when the HawkWatch site was established there in 1990.
2
2012
Joey Kellner
Joey served as Vice President and then President from 1994-1996. He leads many DFO field trips (including combined bird, reptile, amphibian trips) in Colorado, the U.S., and some outside the U.S. Joey is the current compiler of the annual Denver Christmas Bird Count and is involved with the Spring and Fall Bird counts. He has been a member of the CFO Rare Bird Records Committee. Joey leads monthly bird walks at Chatfield State Park and updated the bird list for Chatfield SP and Waterton Canyon, Colorado in 2009. He also organized the Big Sit at Chatfield SP.
3
2009
Ann Bonnell
Ann was raised on Wildlife Refuges and became a biology teacher. For the past 30 years in the Denver area she has been teacher, trainer, Board member, and Birder Expert. For DFO she has led the Tuesday Birders on about 50 hikes a year for the past 25 years. Ann has educated countless people about birds and environmental issues through her work at Roxborough State Park, South Platte Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, and DFO.
18
2007
Tina Jones
Tina Jones has taught Colorado natural history classes for years and is known for her holistic approach. She has served on the DFO Board and led DFO field trips. Jones has served two terms on the Research, Education, and Conservation Grants Committee. She also served as a board member for Colorado Field Ornithologists. Tina’s botanical background led to her love of bird/plant relationships, particularly of hummingbird/plant relations. Her yard is open to the public from mid-July on, so individuals can observe hummingbirds feeding on specific flowers. Tina’s yard is featured in several books as an example of songbird and hummingbird habitats. Her yard has also been featured as a hummingbird haven in the Rocky Mountain News. Jones has birded extensively through the United States and Canada, with a special love for birding in the Arctic.
13
2005
Dick Schottler
Dick Schottler has been a member since 1979, served on the Board from 1984-1988, and Vice President from 1996-1998. He chaired the Denver Christmas Bird Count for many years. Dick was one of the three RBA coordinators, an active field trip leader, member of the Colorado Field Ornithologists, and served on the CFO Bird Records Committee from 1991-1997. He served as Regional Coordinator of the CO Breeding Bird Atlas from 1987-1994 and discovered CO's first Red-faced Warbler in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt in 1993.
12
2004
Norm Erthal
Norm Erthal served as DFO vice president in 1991 and as president from 1992-1993. In March of 1995, he took over the Rare Bird Alert. During his tenure as the voice of the RBA, he began fusing information from the recording with information from the Internet. He has led specialized field trips for DFO and coordinated, planned, and led trips outside Colorado. He has taken DFO members to Texas, Arizona, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and many other birding destinations.
23
2002
Karleen Schofield
Karleen has led and scheduled many DFO field trips and wrote the trip leader instructions that were used for many years. Yearly she published a summary report of the DFO field trips. She served on the DFO Board. Karleen led Christmas Bird Counts for 14 years. She served on the CFO Bird Records Committee. In 1993, Karleen birded 265 days and set the ABA record for a woman's one-year count of 342 bird species in Colorado. Along with Warren Finch, she wrote an article on Belmar Park for the CFO journal in 2002 and compiled the Belmar bird list.
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