Each year NatureServe recognizes significant achievements in biodiversity conservation. We currently present two awards: the NatureServe Conservation Award, which honors one individual, and the Network Awards, which celebrates the accomplishments of the independent organizations that comprise the NatureServe Network.

The NatureServe Conservation Award

2011 Conservation Award recipient, E.O. WilsonThis annual award recognizes recipients who:

  • Significantly increase the public profile of the importance of biodiversity conservation
  • Pursue innovative and creative approaches to and impacts on biodiversity conservation
  • Set an example for others in their use of biodiversity information in making decisions
  • Inspire others to take action towards conserving biodiversity

Nominations are drawn from throughout the NatureServe network, and a committee made up of NatureServe staff and board members, network member representatives, and previous winners selects each year's recipient.

Past Recipients

Network Awards

Each year, the NatureServe Network recognizes outstanding achievements by its members during our international Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference. The awards provide an opportunity for the network to celebrate its commitment to science-based conservation through intra- and extra-network collaboration, personal integrity, respect for others, and the production of high-quality data, tools and knowledge. 

2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
  • Pronatura Veracruz
  • Montana Natural Heritage Program
  • Nevada Natural Heritage Program
2014 Winners
2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners
  • Alaska Natural Heritage Program
  • Manitoba Conservation Data Center

Alumni Award

2017 Winner
2016 Winner
  • Jorge Brenner, The Nature Conservancy
2015 Winners
  • Dennis Albert, Oregon State University
  • Chris Pague, The Nature Conservancy
2014 Winner
  • Shane Ford, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations