Seeking Nominations for the 2023 Nongame Wildlife Conservation Award

Seeking Nominations for the 2023 Nongame Wildlife Conservation Award

Author: NCWRC blogger/Wednesday, January 4, 2023/Categories: Blog, Conservation, Wildlife Management

Nominations are now being accepted for a deserving recipient of the 18th annual Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant, long-standing commitment to, and demonstrated leadership in promoting conservation of nongame species and their habitats in North Carolina. Nongame species are animals for which there is no open hunting, fishing or trapping season.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will accept nominations through Feb. 28, 2023. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

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Submit your completed form by email to, or by mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Management Division, c/o Melinda Huebner, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700.

Nominations submitted in 2021 and 2022 will be considered in addition to this year’s entries. Nominations submitted before 2021 will only be considered upon request. The Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee will recommend nominees for consideration to the Board of Commissioners at their April 2023 meeting. The winner will be announced at the Commissioners’ summer meeting. The award is named for the late Thomas Quay, who was a retired professor of zoology at N.C. State University and self-described “full-time volunteer and unpaid environmental activist.” Click here to view past award winners.

For more information, please contact Melinda Huebner at 919-707-0224.


Photo credit: Great blue heron by Hailey & Gary Gardner


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