Whitley Award 2016
Winner of Best Zoological Resource 2016
On Thursday 22 September at the Australian Museum, Sydney, a dedicated group of volunteers was recognised by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Awards Committee when their publication ‘AN ATLAS OF THE BIRDS OF NSW & THE ACT: Volume 2’ was announced as the Best Zoological Resource published on any Australian fauna or flora during 2016. The 2nd Volume is one of a 3 part set which, when complete, will cover every species found in NSW and the ACT, including the Lord Howe group, and what needs to be addressed for the long-term welfare of each species.
Needless to say, the authors and the NSWBA were delighted! A total of 69 books were reviewed by the RZS across 12 categories including children’s books, field guides, and Multi-volume Handbooks of Fishes and Mammals of the world. To be considered the best of its kind amongst such highly esteemed works is indeed an honour.
The NSWBA Co-ordinator, David Martin, said “he was thrilled that the Whitley Award Committee of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW had recognised our Bird Atlas as the Best Zoological Resource published during 2016”. He added that “Our group is indebted to the dedicated band of birders who collaborated in systematically surveying New South Wales and its waters in order to document the changing distributions of those bird species that find their homes here. This commendation recognises the quality and excellence of the contribution the NSWBA is providing for Australian birds and their conservation.”