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Last update: 3/13/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2008

Madison Audubon Society to honor Howe

Photo: Robert Howe.

GREEN BAY-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Robert W. Howe will receive the Madison Audubon Society's Sam Robbins Award for Excellence in Citizen Science in ceremonies on Tuesday, March 18 in Madison.

Howe is being recognized for his support and leadership in an exhaustive, 10-year study of the breeding birds of Wisconsin that culminated in on-line publication and in publication of a 602-page book, "Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin," published in 2006. Howe was a co-editor and author of major sections. He also is cited for decades-long involvement in a Nicolet National Forest bird survey and other studies, and for inspiring and teaching amateur birders to become citizen scientists.

The award is named for the late Sam Robbins of Madison, a minister by profession, who served as president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and editor of "The Passenger Pigeon." He was author of the book, "Wisconsin Birdlife, Population and Distribution, Past and Present."

Howe, who joined the faculty in 1984, is director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UW-Green Bay. He has an international reputation in the study of animal population dynamics, especially forest birds. Howe was co-investigator on a recent three-year, $6-million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and test environmental indicators for coastal and near-shore regions of the U.S. Great Lakes.

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