Education Award

The Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank Education Awards are given to projects that expand and enhance knowledge of Florida’s native birds during primary and secondary education. 

This award is generally given to a Florida primary or secondary teacher to create or enhance teaching of classes on the scientific study of birds, to provide support for continuing education for teachers, or to otherwise promote education about native Florida birds in a public setting.

Proposals are due by September 1st of each year.

 The maximum amount awarded each year is $3,000.

Applications must contain 4 distinct parts:

1) Two-page written description of the proposed use of the award

2) Schedule with dates for proposed activities

3) Budget

4) Curriculum vitae

All application materials should be put into a single PDF file, in order, and emailed to the Committee Chair with CRUICKSHANK PROPOSAL in the title line.

Proposals must be submitted by September 1st to be considered for the current grant cycle.

Florida primary or secondary teachers are strongly encouraged to apply.

The recipient(s) will be announced at the fall meeting of the Florida Ornithological Society.

Proposals are due by September 1st of each year.

Past Grant Recipients


Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

What bird is this? Hands-on educational display about birds of prey.


Roy Hyatt

Environmental Center

Improvements to a bird viewing station on a 120-acre environmental education site.


Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Migration station to benefit school children.


Neptune Middle School

Florida Rookery Project, an after-school program that teaches children how to monitor activities at a wading bird colony.

History of the Cruickshanks

Allan Dudley Cruickshank was a nationally known ornithologist who has been described as “a modern Audubon with a camera.” Cruickshank, a lecturer and teacher, was on the staff of the National Audubon Society for 37 years. He wrote and illustrated many magazine articles and a number of books on ornithology, some with the aid of his wife, Helen.

Pocket Guides included Birds Around New York City, Wings in the Wilderness; Hunting With the Camera; Cruickshank’s Pocket Guide to Birds; 1,001 Questions About Birds; and Summer Birds of Lincoln County, Maine.

He was for many years the official photographer of the National Audubon Society, and his pictures appeared in more than 175 books and won awards in numerous exhibitions, including the the John Burroughs Medal for Flight Into Sunshine – a joint collaboration with his wife, Helen.

His interest began at the age of 10. He was on his way to West 23rd Street in New York City to get a newspaper for his mother when he spotted a strange bird—clearly not a pigeon, English sparrow or starling—perched low on a willow tree near Eighth Avenue. As the boy inched closer, the bird remained calmly on its perch and studied him. The bird, the boy was to learn, was a screech owl, as uncommon in the area as willow trees now are. Excited by the experience, the boy started going uptown to look for birds in Central Park. And when his family moved to the Bronx, then largely rural, he was ecstatic over the specimens he found in woodlands, gardens, and orchards.

It has been said of Mr. Cruickshank that he had “flown, climbed (and fallen), crawled and ridden into almost every corner of North America to study wildlife in its native habitat.”

He was born in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, on Aug. 29, 1907, to a Scottish father and a French mother. He came to this country at the age of two and lived mostly in and around New York City. He attended New York University, was former president of the Linnaean Society of New York, and a member of the Wilson Ornithological Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Wilderness Society and the Izaak Walton League, among others.


Beth Forys


Karl Miller


Todd Engstrom


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