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Past Plume Awards Recipients

Full List of Plume Award Candidates by Year

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2008 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Program)
Captive Propagation of African Spoonbills at the Detroit Zoo

Plume #2 (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
The Light-footed Clapper Rail coalition by Chula Vista Nature Center, San Deigo Sea World, San Diego Zoo WAP, USFWS Reserve

2009 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Program)
Long-term Management of the Kori Bustard at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park

Plume #2 (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Passerine Breeding Program at the North Carolina Zoo

2010 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Programs)
Hawai’i Endangered Bird Conservation Programs

Plume #2: (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for Shoebill Stork First Breeding in North America

Plume #3: (Exceptional individual Achievement)
Susie Kasielke - Egg Incubation Workshops

2011 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Programs)
Smithsonian's National Zoo / White-naped Crane Program

Plume #2: (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Louisville Zoo / White-throated Ground Dove SSP

Plume #3: (Exceptional individual Achievement)
Kathy Brader - Smithsonian's National Zoo

2012 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Programs)
Micronesian Kingfisher Recovery Program: SSP Management and Propagation - Philadelphia Zoo

Plume #2: (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Captive Propagation and Translocation of Critically Endangered Golden White-eye (Cleptornis marchei) - St. Louis Zoo

Plume #3: (Exceptional individual Achievement)
Beth Bahner - Guam Micronesian Kingfisher SSP

2013 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Programs)
No Submissions This Year

Plume #2 (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Artificial Insemination in Magellanic Penguins at SeaWorld San Diego

Plume #3 (Exceptional individual Achievement)
Fred Beall - Zoo New England

2014 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Programs)
Whooping Crane Propagation (International Crane Foundation)

Plume #2 (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Gail Brandt - Humboldt Penguin Studbook

Plume #3 (Exceptional individual Achievement)
Mary Healy - ASAG

2015 Plume Awards

Plume #1 (Long-term Avian Propagation Programs)

Plume #2 (Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry)
Dallas Zoo - Captive Breeding of White-backed Vultures

Plume #3 (Exceptional individual Achievement)
Sherry Branch