Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award, 2003: Peter Stettenheim
This year, with the completion of the Birds of North America project, it is particularly appropriate that the AOU recognize one of its most dedicated Fellows, Peter Stettenheim. In 1984, Peter was the founding editor of the series that became the Birds of North America (BNA), and in that capacity he outlined the entire project and designed the species accounts. When BNA moved to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Peter continued as associate editor, putting his stamp of thoroughness and quality on every account he handled. In many ways, his broad vision at the beginning of BNA was responsible for the quality and completeness of the project at the end, some 20 years later. Peter has also served the AOU and the ornithological community in many other ways. He has served on the AOU Council and on the Board of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and as Book Review Editor of The Wilson Bulletin, Editor of The Condor, and Editor of Recent Ornithological Literature. Behind the scenes, Peter has also been a strong advocate for increasing communication and cooperation among professional ornithologists, amateurs, and scientists working in other fields. Finally, Peter has also been the unofficial photographer for the AOU and other ornithological societies. His photographs of ornithologists at work and play have provided the AOU archives with a vivid record of our recent history. For these and many unnamed and underappreciated contributions, the Executive Committee of the American Ornithologists' Union takes great pride in bestowing the Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award for 2003 on Peter Stettenheim.
The Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award was created by the Council in 1996 in honor of Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the AOU as Treasurer and in other capacities for many years. It is awarded to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOU, including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered contributions and committee participation. Recipients are selected by the AOU Executive Committee.