The Doris Huestis Speirs Award is the most prestigious award given
by the SCO-SOC. The award is presented annually to an individual who
has made outstanding lifetime contributions in Canadian ornithology.
Past awardees include professionals who work at museums, government
agencies, private companies and universities, as well as amateur
ornithologists and people who have contributed to ornithological
infrastructure of Canada.
Doris Huestis Speirs was born on 27 October 1894 in Toronto, Ontario and passed away in Ajax, Ontario on 24 October 1989. Doris
was highly prominent in art, literary, and ornithological
circles. She founded the Margaret Morse Nice Ornithological
Club, which was the only such group specifically for women, and she was
also a founding member of the Pickering Naturalists’ Club. In her
lifetime, Doris made several prominent contributions to the
ornithological literature on Evening Grosbeaks and Lincoln’s
Sparrows (the latter with her husband, J. Murray Speirs).
The award consists of a plaque bearing the logo of the Society, as well
as the name of the award, the recipient, year and purpose of the award.
The award is generally presented at the Society’s annual meeting.
To nominate a candidate for the Speirs award, preferably with supporting data, contact the Chair of the award committee:
Dr. Greg Robertson
Wildlife Research Division
Mount Pearl, NL A1N 4T3
(click on highlighted names for citations from Picoides in
the year the recipient was presented the Doris H. Speirs award - thanks
to Andrea Pomeroy for compiling many of these, and we are working to
complete the list for all Speirs' recipients)
2012 - Peter Arcese,
Professor, Centre for
Applied Conservation Research, University of British Columbia
2011 - Keith Hobson, Senior Research Scientist, Environment Canada
2010 - Susan Hannon, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta