ames M. Barry, President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History awarded William Fenimore, author, educator, naturalist, field birder and Wild Bird Center franchisee, the Roger Tory Peterson Nature Education Achievement Award. This prestigious award was announced on July 1, 2008 in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Roger Tory.
The Roger Tory Peterson Nature Education Achievement Award is a national award given to individuals and communities in order to stimulate others to improve and expand the quality of nature education programs across the country.
Fenimore explains, “Birding has been the pathway for me into a life long enjoyment of the natural world. It has been my passion to share the joys of birding, especially with young children whom I hope will follow in a similar path.”
Bill has been a very successful franchisee with the Wild Bird Centers of America, Inc. in the Salt Lake City, Utah (www.wildbird.com/stores/lay) area since 2001. He conducts seminars and workshops educating the public about birds and their critical habitat needs, and he leads birding field trips for clients from around the globe.
Mr. Fenimore is a birding advocate who expresses his enthusiasm through involvement with numerous programs and organizations, including as a leading organizer of the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, author of “Bird Sighting” a weekly Salt Lake Tribune column, vice-chair of the Utah Division of the Wildlife Resources Advisory Council, and now author of the Backyard Bird state identification guide series.
Bill also serves as Trustee and Board member of such diverse organizations as the Utah Wildlife and Conservation Foundation, Ogden Nature Center and Utah Wildlife Board Nominating Trustee (appointed by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman). The American Birding Association recently honored Fenimore in June 2008 with the Ludlow Griscom Award, its prestigious honor for outstanding contributions in Regional Ornithology.
Logo from Wild Bird Centers.