Nominations Sought for John Bicknell Award for Bird Conservation

February 28, 2023

The 5th Rangeley Birding Festival (RBF), to be held June 9-11, will announce and present the John Bicknell Award for Conservation and Birding. The award honors the legacy of Bicknell, a Rangeley resident who led the effort to get sanctuary designation on the Mingo Springs golf course and has been recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International.

In 2022, Leslie Clapp of Blue Hill, president of the Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon, received the award (above).


Purpose and Description | To publicly acknowledge those individuals who have worked to further birding and conserve bird habitats in Maine. This award recognizes those who have labored mainly behind the scenes and have been overlooked and unacknowledged for their contributions. It is presented to no more than one recipient yearly (unless we recognize a collaborative effort by two or more people).


  • Outstanding service, professionally or as a volunteer, to promote birding and conserve critical bird habitat
  • Track record of bringing people together to achieve results in birding and bird conservation
  • Effectively work alone or with others to educate the public on the importance of birds as a critical indicator of ecological health and conserving habitat.
  • History of fostering or supporting a conservation organization or foundation seeking to conserve critical or intact tracts of land, water bodies, and habitat
  • Extensive and substantial contributions to birding and bird conservation
Required Nomination Materials | Due by May 1 each year
  • Name of nominee and complete contact information
  • Current CV or resume from the nominee
  • Clear and concise statement from the nominator justifying the Nomination and addressing the award criteria
  • Letter(s) of endorsement from colleagues that address the award criteria


Send to | alaliberte@rlht.orgSubject: Bicknell Nomination

Selection Process | The Rangeley Birding Festival core team (minimum of five members) will review nominations and choose a winner by consensus, if possible or by vote, if necessary, by May 1 each year. Award will be presented at the annual Rangeley Birding Festival in June in Rangeley, ME.

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