Harry S. Swarth Award

In 2011 Western Field Ornithologists established the Harry S. Swarth Award in Western Field Ornithology, to honor a body of work that significantly advances field ornithology in the west. The award’s name commemorates Harry S. Swarth (1878–1935, pictured), a giant of field ornithology who worked in much of western North America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and who contributed more than 200 publications to the literature. He was memorialized in The Auk and in The Condor.

Harry Swarth’s grandson, Chris Swarth (also pictured), has written a biographical sketch of his grandfather, which you can read here

Photo of Chris Swarth by © Ron LeValley


Harry S. Swarth

Chris Swarth