Wednesday, April 17, 2024

State seeking nominations for wildlife conservation award

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)

WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

The award is bestowed each year to an individual who demonstrates a strong commitment to North Carolina’s nongame conservation efforts and is a leader in promoting and sustaining wildlife diversity. 

Nongame species are native animals that have no open hunting, fishing or trapping season.  More than 700 nongame species call North Carolina home and include songbirds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater mussels, fish, crustaceans, and mammals.   

The award is named for the late Thomas Quay, a professor of zoology at N.C. State University and self-described “full-time volunteer and unpaid environmental activist.”  

The commission is accepting nominations through March 31, 2024.  Nominators are required to submit a completed nomination form online or by USPS mail, and include a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to nongame at-risk species conservation in North Carolina. Self-nominations are also accepted.  

Afterwards, the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee will recommend nominees to the agency’s commissioners. The recipient will be announced during the commissioners’ meeting by Feb. 2025. 

Click here to nominate online, or email nominations or questions to Melinda Huebner.

NCWRC will also accept mailed nominations to: 

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Inland Fisheries Division 

c/o Melinda Huebner 

1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700 


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