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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Nominations Sought for 2012 NC Wildlife Conservation Award
RALEIGH, N.C. - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the seventh annual Thomas L. Quay Award.

The award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation.

Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed explanation of the nominee's contributions to wildlife conservation. The explanation is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Download the nomination form at Click on the "Thomas L. Quay Award" scrolling icon located at the bottom of the home page. Submit nominations by:
• E-mail to;
• Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Martha Homovec, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722; or
• Fax to 919-707-0067.

Nominations previously submitted for the 2011 award will be considered as well.

The Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee will recommend nominees for consideration by the Wildlife Commissioners at their May meeting. The winner will be announced at the Commissioners' meeting in July.

The selected recipient of the 2012 award will join six respected leaders in the wildlife conservation field:
• Thomas Quay, a retired professor of zoology at N.C. State University and self-described "full-time volunteer and unpaid environmental activist;"
• Dr. James Parnell, professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for his pioneering research on colonial nesting waterbirds and shorebirds on dredge-material islands;
• Randall Wilson, the first supervisor of the Commission's Wildlife Diversity Program, who was instrumental in growing the program from a staff of four in 1988 to more than 25 biologists;
• Tom Henson, the statewide coordinator for the Wildlife Diversity Program, who was instrumental in developing thriving conservation partnerships, such as N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and N.C. Partners in Flight;
• George Burdick, a former wildlife biologist and retired professor, who staunchly advocates protecting wetlands and their associated waterfowl populations; and
• Richard Hamilton, former executive director of the Wildlife Resources Commission, who was the driving force behind many agency actions that benefited nongame animals, including the formation of the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee in 1986.

For more information on the nomination process, contact Martha Homovec at (919) 707-0063.

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit

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