AOS’s Painton Award is given in odd-numbered years and consists of a cash prize of $1000. It is presented to the author of an outstanding paper published in the two preceding years in The Condor: Ornithological Applications. AOS may choose not to grant an award if no eligible papers are found to merit it. Funds for the award come from a bequest from Mr. Painton. A history of the Painton Award, including winners from 1961 to 1993, was published in The Condor in 1994.

Previous Painton Award Winners

2019Jason Carlisle, Anna Chalfoun, Kurt Smith, & Jeffrey Beck. 2018. Nontarget effects on songbirds from habitat manipulation for Greater Sage-Grouse: Implications for the umbrella species concept. Condor 120: 439-455.
2017Katie Dugger et al. 2017. The effects of habitat, climate, and Barred Owls on long-term demography of Northern Spotted Owls. Condor 118: 57–116.
2015Jeffrey J. Buler and Deanna K. Dawson. 2014. Radar analysis of fall bird migration stopover sites in the northeastern U.S. Condor 116: 357-370.
2013Hope M. Draheim, Patricia Baird, and Susan M. Haig. 2012. Temporal analysis of mtDNA variation reveals decreased genetic diversity in least terns. Condor 114:145-154.
2011Mark F. Riegner. 2008. Parallel evolution of plumage pattern and coloration in birds: Implications for defining avian morphospace. Condor 110:599–614.
2009Leonard A. Freed, Rebecca L. Cann, M. Lee Goff, Wendy A. Kuntz, and Gustav R. Bodner. 2005. Increase in avian malaria at upper elevation in Hawai’i. Condor 107:753-764.
2007Joshua T. Ackerman, John M. Eadie, and Thomas G. Moore. 2006. Does life history predict risk-taking behavior of wintering dabbling ducks? Condor 108:530–546.
2005Sher L. Hendrickson, Robert Bleiweiss, Juan Carlos Matheus, Lilly Silva de Matheus, Norberto Luis Jácome, and Eduardo Pavez. 2003. Low genetic variability in the geographically widespread Andean Condor. Condor 105:1-12.
2003Charles R. Brown and Mary Bomberger Brown. 1999. Fitness Components Associated with Laying Date in the Cliff Swallow. Condor 101:230-245.
2001Nidia Arguelas and Patricia G. Parker. 2000. Seasonal migration and genetic population structure in house wrens. Condor 102:51-528.
1999Douglas A. Bell. 1996. Genetic differentiation, geographic variation and hybridization in gulls of the Laurus glaucescens-occidentalis complex. Condor 98:527-546.
1997 Jeffrey D. Parrish. 1997. Experimental evidence for intrinsic microhabitat preferences in the Black-Throated Green Warbler. Condor 97:935-943.
1995Robert B. Payne. 1993. Breeding dispersal in Indigo Buntings: circumstances and consequences for breeding success and population structure. Condor 95:1-24.
1993Morton, M.L. 1992. Effects of sex and birthdate on premigration biology, migration, scheduled return dates, and natal dispersal in the Mountain White-Crowned Sparrow. Condor 94: 117-133.
1991Brad C. Livezey. 1990. Evolutionary morphology of flightlessness in the Auckland Islands Teal. Condor 92:639-673.
1989John M. Marzluff and Russell P. Balda. 1988. Pairing patterns and fitness in a free-ranging population of Pinyon Jays: what do they reveal about mate choice? Condor 90:201-213.
1987Fernando Nottebohm. 1984. Birdsong as a model in which to study brain processes related to learning. Condor 86:227-236.
1985Stephen R. Sabo and Richard T. Holmes. 1983. Foraging niches and the structure of forest bird communities in contrasting montane habitats. Condor 85:121-138.
1983James F. Wittenberger. 1982. Factors affecting how male and female Bobolinks apportion parental investments. Condor 84:22-39.
1981John W. Fitzpatrick. 1980. Foraging behavior of Neotropical tyrant flycatchers. Condor 82:43-57.
1979Stephen I. Rothstein. 1975. An experimental and teleonomic investigation of avian brood parasitism. Condor 77:250-271.
1977A. Ar, C. V. Paganelli, R. B. Reeves, D. G. Greene, and H. Rahn. 1974. The avian egg: incubation time and water loss. Condor 76:147-152.
1975Robert B. Payne. 1973. The breeding season of a parasitic bird, the Brown-headed Cowbird, in central California. Condor 75:80-99.
1973Lowell Spring. 1971. A comparison of functional and morphological adaptations in the Common Murre (Uria aalge) and Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia). Condor 73:1-27.
1971Richard W. Warner. 1968. The role of introduced diseases in the extinction of the endemic Hawaiian avifauna. Condor 70:101-120.
1969Robert K. Selander. 1966. Sexual dimorphism and differential niche utilization in birds. Condor 68:113-151.
1967Richard T. Holmes. 1966. Breeding ecology and annual cycle adaptations of the Red-backed Sandpiper (Calidris alppina) in northern Alaska. Condor 68:3-46.
1965Victor Lewin. 1963. Reproduction and development of young in a population of California Quail. Condor 65:249-278.
1963William R. Dawson and Francis C. Evans. 1960. Relation of growth and development to temperature regulation in nestling Vesper Sparrows. Condor 62:329-340.
1961Robert A. Norris and Gordon L. Hight, Jr. 1957. Subspecific variation in winter populations of Savannah Sparrows: A study in field taxonomy. Condor 59:40-52.

From the field

Millions of songbirds that breed across North America converge on a tiny region of Colombia called the Darién during their migration each year, as shown by research recently published in The Condor. This is what the researchers call a migratory Plenty of studies, especially in “birdy” places like shade-grown coffee farms, have shown that birds can provide an economically valuable service to farmers by eating pest insects. But what about in the huge swathes of farmland that cover much of the U.S.? To find out, the researchers behind a recent study in The Condor set up mesh “exclosures” over corn and soybean plants to see how keeping out birds but not insects would affect crops' success. They found that birds had a positive effect on corn crop yield, but a negative effect on soybean crop yield in the adjacent field. For the many farmers that use a corn-corn-soybean rotation schedule, this may suggest economic gain in the long run. Photos by Daryl Coldren and Megan Garfinkel. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #ecology #conservation #science #agriculture #midwestThe sunbirds are a group of nectar-eating songbirds from Africa and Asia that are a sort of Old World counterpart of hummingbirds. A recent paper in The Condor offered a new reason to prioritize sunbird conservation beyond just At Michigan State I teach two courses, Ecology and Tropical Biology. Each fall during the Tropical Biology course we have a “Tropical Thanksgiving.” Each group of students is assigned a plant family with a distribution primarily in the tropics, and students need to uncover a species in the plant family that humans eat. Then they bring in a dish prepared with that species, like pineapple upside down cake, brownies, or banana cream pie. Our Tropical Thanksgivings tend to be heavy on desserts! #ecology #tropicalecology #tropicalbiology #ethnobotany #botany #plantbiology #thanksgiving
[Thanks, Catherine! If YOU are an AOS member and would like to be featured here for a week, please get in touch.]We have worked in Panama and Costa Rica in areas undergoing forest restoration. Birds play vital roles in restoration systems by consuming insects that can damage young trees. They also disperse seeds of plants and provide pollination services. Tropical birds are also just cool! Photo credits include Sean Williams. #ornithology #wildlife #science #birds #ecology #conservation #restoration #neotropicalbirds
[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]We have investigated a number of tactics to deter pest birds in orchards. Inflatable tube-men appear effective in some contexts, if farmers move them around and use enough of them. We have had mixed results with drones; some models and some flight trajectories are likely to be more effective than others in deterring crop-eating birds. Photo credits include Shayna Wiefrich and Ben Hawes. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #agriculture #orchards #womeninstem
[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]We recently investigated the roles American Kestrels can play in pest management in fruit-production systems. Working with famers in Michigan, we built and installed kestrel nest boxes in sweet cherry orchards. While kestrels nest in the boxes, they provision their young with arthropods, mammals, and birds that consume the cherries. Kestrels also reduce fruit-eating bird activity in the orchards with their presence. Photo credits include Amanda LaFay and Craig Sklarczyk. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #raptors #kestrels #orchards #ecology #womeninstem
[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]
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