NCWRC Seeks Nominations for Nongame Wildlife Conservation Award

Author: NCWRC blogger/Tuesday, January 5, 2021/Categories: Blog, Conservation

NCWRC Seeks Nominations for Nongame Wildlife Conservation Award

Happy New Year! We welcome 2021 with the opportunity to recognize someone deserving of the agency’s Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to sustaining nongame diversity in North Carolina, as well as leadership in promoting the conservation of nongame species. Nongame species are animals for which there is no open hunting, fishing or trapping season.

The N.C. Wildlife Commission will accept nominations through Jan. 31. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.



Submit your completed form by:

  • Email to, or
  • Postal mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Inland Fisheries Division, c/o Melinda Huebner, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700

Nominations submitted in 2019 and 2020 will be considered in addition to this year’s entries. Nominations submitted before 2019 will only be considered upon request.

The Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee will recommend nominees for consideration to the wildlife commissioners at their April 2021 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.” The 2021 Quay Award will mark the 16th time the Wildlife Commission has recognized a leader in conservation of nongame wildlife with this award. Click here to view past award winners.

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


Photographer: Mike Carraway/NCWRC


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