Shout-outs to @RichardConniff and @ben_a_goldfarb for winning Steen's best writing of 2015: How to Live with and Conserve Wildlife category.— David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) December 21, 2015
Both authors published some great stuff in 2015, but here are my favorites.
Richard Conniff: Learning to Live with Leopards, National Geographic. See also.
Ben Goldfarb: Safe Passage, Orion Magazine.
@AlongsideWild Do these awards have a name? If not, "Steenies" is a catchy name.— Abby Lawson (@AbsLawson) December 21, 2015
So be it. The next category was near and dear to my heart, as we tackle the issue frequently here, but Christie Wilcox took it to the next level:
The 2015 Steenie for best writing: Investigative Journalism of Snake-related Hoaxes category goes to @NerdyChristie: https://t.co/9782UjHiMM— David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) December 21, 2015
She was very gracious in accepting her win (while explaining her investigative technique).
@AlongsideWild I'd like to thank the academy... And Instagram users for their abundant use of hashtags.— Dr. Christie Wilcox (@NerdyChristie) December 21, 2015
At this point people were getting fired up.
Moving on...Last year an essay was getting a lot of attention for suggesting that perhaps we should get rid of predators because they are causing pain and suffering in the natural world. It needed a take-down, and it got one courtesy of Kristen Gunther.
@AlongsideWild This is awesome, thank you! One wildlife manager's review: "wow, you were fired up, huh?"— Kristen Gunther (@kristengunther) December 23, 2015
If you have spent any time on this blog at all you know we talk a lot about how snakes have a bad reputation. Now they have a new advocate courtesy of Jason Bittel!
And the 2015 Steenie for best writing: Why All The Hate for Snakes? category is...@bittelmethis: https://t.co/TodosiEWHG.— David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) December 21, 2015
Incidentally Jason also won the award for being the most excited about his win.
My first Steenie! I'm honored! https://t.co/PLkNgEPbW1— Jason Bittel (@bittelmethis) December 21, 2015
Finally, human/wildlife conflict is a topic that has been really heating up in recent years. And that means there is a lot of opportunity for technology and creativity to make a big difference, Hannah Waters explains...
Please check out the articles I link to above and I'm looking forward to the 2016 ceremony! I already have some suggestions for potential improvements.