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Ross Thompson Trophy

Awarded annually to the young enthusiastic birder who has seen the most species of birds in the Hamilton Study Area in a calendar year.

Criteria is as follows:

  • The observer must NOT have reached his/her 18th birthday during the year.
  • The observer’s name, address, phone number and date of birth must be submitted with the application.
  • The submitted bird list must include the date of each first sighting and location for each species.
  • All birds must have been seen within one calendar year (i.e. January 1st through December 31st, inclusive).
  • All birds must have been seen in the Hamilton Study Area (within 40 km of Dundurn Castle, Hamilton – see
    map
    ).
  • Submitted lists will be reviewed by a Ross Thompson committee before the trophy is awarded each year
  • Young birders may wish to check HNC publications such as the Checklist of the Birds of Hamilton-Wentworth, the Date Guide to Birds of Hamilton-Wentworth,
    and Birds of Hamilton and surrounding areas.
  • The submitted lists will not be returned; observers should ensure they have a duplicate set of records.
  • The trophy may not be awarded more than twice to the same observer.

Ross Thompson Trophy Winner For 2009

Congratulations to Ezra Campanelli, Giovanni Campanelli and Owen Novasolec.

Ross Thompson Trophy Winner For 2008

Caleb Scholtens (left) receiving the Ross Thompson Trophy from Bob Curry at a Bird Study Group meeting. Caleb recorded 171 species of birds in the Hamilton Study Area in 2008. Highlights for his year were seeing a Northern Hawk Owl and a Pileated Woodpecker and having a “Big Day” in May with over 100 species.

Ross Thompson Trophy Winner For 2007

Giovanni Campanelli (left) after receiving the Ross Thompson Trophy from Bob Curry at a Bird Study Group meeting. Giovanni recorded 132 species within the Hamilton Study Area in 2007.

Pictured at right are Ross Thompson Trophy winner Giovanni Campanelli (right) and runner-up Ezra Campanelli (left)
(Photo: Glenda Slessor).

Ross Thompson Trophy Winners
Year Recipient # of Species
2013 Caleb Scholtens 232
2012 Lukian and Zakhar Husak 255
2011 Zakhar Husak 208
2010 Lukian Husak 169
2009 Ezra Campanelli 172
2008 Caleb Scholtens 171
2007 Giovanni Campanelli 132
2006 Owen Novoselac 191
2005 Laina Don 183
2004 Brandon Holden 267
2003 Anthony Miller 260
2002 Brandon Holden 251
2000 Carl Hamann 248
1999 Carl Hamann 274 * highest to date
1998 Stuart Mackenzie 247
1992 Jamie Miles 224
1991 Jamie Miles 217
1990 Steven Miles 243
1989 Steven Miles 247
1988 Kristin Stubbing 112
1987 Kristin Stubbing 108
1986 Kristin Stubbing 120
1983 Adam Harrington 130
1982 Brian Pomfret 206
1981 Brian Pomfret 220
1980 David Agro 206
1979 David Agro 213
1978 David Agro 161
1976 Brian Horschnitz 117
1968 John Woodcock 243
1967 Russel Kardos 264
1966 Russel Kardos 229
1965 John Woods 231
1964 Gordon Commodore 211
1963 Lorraine Preston 211
1962 Bill Smith 267
1961 Bill Smith 240
1960 Ralph Idema 240
1959 Ralph Idema 219
1958 John Olmstead/John Miles 242
1957 John Miles 263
1956 Peter Hamel 235
1955 Peter Hamel 218
1954 Robert Henry 210
1953 Bill McCollum 170
1952 Bill McCollum 156
1940 Bob Elstone 205
1939 William Campbell 204

In 2014 the Ross Thompson Trophy is replaced with The Robert Curry Trophy