LARAMIE - Chris Madson, editor of Wyoming Wildlife magazine, was recently awarded the inaugural “Contributions to Biodiversity Conservation Award” from the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute for “his lifetime commitment to public education on Wyoming’s plants, animals and ecosystems.”
With Madson at the helm of Wyoming Wildlife for the last 30 years, the magazine has won 45 awards from the Association of Conservation Information, including the country’s best state wildlife magazine in 1986, 1991, 1993, 2000 and 2001. Also included in that tally, are many of Madson’s essays and articles winning first place awards from ACI.
"Chris is one of my heroes. His essays and responses to letters are thoughtful, elegant, and provocative yet gracious – he has created a network, no - a family, of thousands of people who care about Wyoming's biodiversity,” Carlos Martinez del Rio, institute director.
Madson was nominated by individuals from around the state and beyond and selected by a panel of biodiversity experts from throughout Wyoming.
Madson has served as a board member of the Outdoor Writers’ Association of America, and The Nature Conservancy. He has also received prestigious awards the Izaak Walton League of America, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and the National Wildlife Federation.
“The award is a mere, tangible representation of all that Chris has done to conserve biodiversity,” Martinez del Rio said. “To find the true representation of his work, just look out into the prairie or mountains."
The institute also honored Robert and Jane Dorn of Lingle, with the inaugural Contributions to Biodiversity Science Award. The Dorns were cited for their lifetime extensive research of plants and birds across the Rocky Mountain region.
Madson was born in Ames, Iowa and grew up in Alton, Ill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and a master’s in wildlife biology researching waterfowl and gray and fox squirrels from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Madson has contributed articles for more than 12 outdoor or wildlife magazines. Before moving to Wyoming, he was editor of Kansas Wildlife magazine for five years.
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