The James H. Mason Service Award is presented in the fall to members of the Indiana Audubon Society who have dedicated themselves through service to the Society. It is rare when the commitment exhibited by James H. Mason is seen in individuals. His commitment to IAS serves as an inspiration and focus for others. This award recognizes and expresses heartfelt appreciation for those IAS members who evoke the memory and dedication of James H. Mason.
Dr. Mason was a naval veteran of WWII serving on the Carrier Franklin. He completed his Ph.D. from George Peabody College and taught English at Indiana State University. He chaired the IAS Conservation Committee for years and lobbied extensively in that capacity. His presence at the offices of the Indiana Legislators’ offices was frequent and his opinion was respected and sought by lawmakers. This resulted in his being awarded the Brooks Award in 1976. Dr. Mason held two terms as IAS President (1975 & 1979) This service award was created in his honor in 1989 with Dr. Mason being the first recipient.
Criteria for nomination to receive this award are as follows:
- Membership in, and service to, the Indiana Audubon Society, Inc.
- Providing inspirational qualities for IAS participation and leadership to the Society (IAS)