Wiley named 2019 recipient of Mass Audubon's Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award
Dr. David Wiley, Research Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and an expert on seabirds and endangered whales, has been named the 2019 recipient of Mass Audubon’s Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award.
This honor recognizes and celebrates individuals or organizations whose research and related ecological successes have achieved significant and lasting wildlife conservation benefits. The award is named for Mass Audubon founders Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, who in 1896 organized a national campaign which succeeded in ending the commercial slaughter of bird species for the millinery trade while inspiring broader public support for wildlife conservation in general.
Dr. Wiley’s work focuses on Stellwagen Bank, the marine species-rich underwater plateau situated between the tip of Cape Cod and Cape Ann at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. He studies humpback whales and North Atlantic right whales (the latter the most endangered in the world), shearwaters and other seabirds, as well as sand lances, small fish that sustain both the birds and the large marine mammals.