NOTE: This is an archive article from 1995. It may contain out-of-date information.
Delaware Audubon's Conservation Award will be given to Winston J. Wayne at the Annual Dinner on Friday, June 2, at the Holiday Inn in Wilmington.
It is hard to address all that Winston Wayne has done for conserving Delaware's natural history. He has served 30 years as the state coordinator of the Audubon Christmas Bird Census. Winston has participated in 145 Christmas counts, compiling 55 of them over the last 40 years. He has done more Christmas Counts than anyone else in the state. He has also served as chairperson of the Birds of Delaware committee to publish the breeding bird atlas for Delaware. Winston has twice served as president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society.
During the 1970s, Winston testified at the state legislature against the proposed falconry bill. He has been instrumental in preserving habitat in northern Delaware along the Red Clay Creek. He also directed the first census of Brandywine Creek State Park.
Winston was a leader in discovering the role of the Delaware Bay in shorebird migration. He contributed to the first aerial flights along the Bay. He also was the first person to survey the nesting terns along the Delaware Coast. Through his efforts, beach buggy traffic was restricted and Cape Henlopen was preserved for nesting. He has introduced many young people to Delaware's natural heritage.
Winston is not resting on his laurels. He is now conducting a bird census of the Burrow's Run Nature Preserve. He is assisting with DNREC's Non-game and Endangered Species Program survey of spring shorebirds that will lead to a comprehensive plan for shorebird protection.
Delaware Audubon is happy to honor Winston Wayne for his continuing dedication with its 1995 Conservation Award.