Prizes & Awards


We extend our congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients.

J. N. “Ding” Darling Award

Recognizes a student who combines ecological knowledge with skills in communication, showing promise in the broad field of conservation. This award was established in 1981 by the J. N. “Ding” Darling Foundation in memory of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, class of 1899. Known most widely as a syndicated cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes, he was also a passionate conservationist. Long before it was fashionable, he lamented such ills as wildlife extinction and pollution to the air, water, and eyes (through highway billboards). He founded the National Wildlife Federation and served as chief of the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey (now the Fish and Wildlife Service). He also designed the first federal duck stamp, the original etching of which resides at Beloit College.

Recipient: Ruari O’Naughton

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