Vertebrate Pest Conference
Vertebrate Pest Conference
Vertebrate Pest Conference
University of California
Vertebrate Pest Conference

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Walter E. “Howdy” Howard Lifetime Achievement Award


The Vertebrate Pest Council is pleased to announce the formation of The Walter E. “Howdy” Howard Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award has been established to acknowledge the tremendous lifetime contributions of individuals in the Vertebrate Pest Management profession.  The first Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 28th Vertebrate Pest Conference (to be held in Rohnert Park, CA, February 26 – March 1, 2018), and will include a plaque commemorating the award, complimentary conference registration, travel expenses, and a small honorarium for the award recipient.


Potential candidates include scientists, agency personnel, educators, program managers, industry personnel, or any other qualified professional; both national and international candidates are equally welcome to apply.  Nominees should be considered an expert in the field of vertebrate pest management and should have been an attendee/participant at several to numerous Vertebrate Pest Conferences throughout their career.  Areas of excellence should include one or more of the following categories:


  1. Advancement or development of management tools used to minimize damage or conflict caused by vertebrate pests, with a special emphasis on environmentally safe methodologies.
  2. Advancement in undergraduate and graduate education in vertebrate pest management and associated disciplines.
  3. Implementation of effective and innovative outreach efforts focused on the safest, most efficacious, and most cost-effective strategies for vertebrate pest management; targeted groups could include agency personnel, pest control professionals, and private citizens.
  4. Effective fostering of education and research programs on vertebrate pest management.
  5. Effective oversight of large management or regulatory programs designed to coordinate vertebrate pest management activities among regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, and/or private citizens.
  6. Any other area associated with research, education, and management of damage or conflict caused by vertebrate pests that showcases excellence at the highest level.


Applicants can be self-nominated or nominated by colleagues.  Nomination materials should include a nomination statement highlighting the nominee’s greatest contributions, a CV, and letters of support from three professionals familiar with the nominee’s accomplishments.  Please submit all necessary documents to John Eisemann by November 30, 2017 to ensure due consideration for the award to be presented at the 28th Conference. 


John D. Eisemann

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

National Wildlife Research Center

4101 Laporte Avenue

Fort Collins, CO 80521


Phone: 970-266-6158

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