Hilary Swain_Herbart W. Kale Award _receptionPhoto by: Joe Guthrie

Dr. Hilary Swain receives the Herbert W. Kale II Award from Florida Chapter of Wildlife Society.

April 2024

The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society selected Dr. Hilary Swain, Archbold’s Executive Director, to receive its highest honor, the Herbert W. Kale II Award. The award recognizes individuals who balance effective wildlife advocacy with the practice of wildlife biology and who have significantly contributed to the conservation of Florida's natural resources. In their official announcement, they write, "Hilary is a powerful advocate for science-based conservation for a wide variety of Florida ecosystems. She builds enduring relationships among scientists, environmentalists, local, state, and federal agencies, and Florida landowners. She plays a major role in the conservation implementation for the Florida Wildlife Corridor." They also recognize her excellent communication skills and role in leading Archbold's science, conservation, and education powerhouse. Archbold Board of Directors Chair Lela Love says, "Hilary says YES to whatever is needed, arriving with a big smile and much to say. During her nearly 30 years here, she catapulted Archbold into state and national prominence. On top of all her accomplishments, she never loses sight of having fun and being responsive to friends and colleagues. Congratulations Hilary!" Swain accepted her award at The Wildlife Society Spring Conference evening banquet in Coral Gables on April 25. She says, "I am delighted and truly honored to receive this award. My successes stem from working for Archbold, an organization that enables its staff and leadership to seize opportunities and to flourish." Swain is the first-ever female recipient of the Herbert W. Kale, II Award.

Read the official announcement from the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society here.

Read more about the Herbert W. Kale, II Award here.