The James A. Kushlan Award

Kushlan Award recipient Mattias Jugnat with his scope and camera in the field

The James A. Kushlan Award was established in 2005 to support graduate students in their work for or with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary through a generous gift established by the Kushlan Endowment Fund. The award is competitive and based on the merit of research project proposed and awarded to a qualified graduate student working in raptor conservation and without geographic restriction. Interested applicants must apply on or by August 15 annually.

Download the James A. Kushlan Award Guidelines
List of James A. Kushlan Award Recipients

The Hawk Mountain Graduate Student Program is a strategy to support the most talented up-and-coming raptor biologists and assist them with completing independent research that not only adds to our understanding of raptor conservation, but also helps to establish young professionals globally as leaders in the conservation community. If you would like to make a gift to support awards for Graduate Students, please contact us today. 

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JF Therrien, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Graduate Study Director
[email protected] or 570-943-3411 x104 

James A. Kushlan

James Kushlan is an ornithologist, educator, writer, and conservationist. His professional positions have included those of research associate Smithsonian Institution, director USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, professor and biology chair The University of Mississippi, professor Texas A&M-Commerce, and wildlife biologist National Park Service. He is past- president of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Waterbird Society and past-editor of the journal Waterbirds. James is also a former Hawk Mountain Board Member and has published over 200 technical papers and 8 books; the most recent (with Kirsten Hines) are Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens, Birds of Fairchild, and Key Biscayne.