The Painton Award was given to Mark Riegner for his 2008 paper, "Parallel evolution of plumage pattern and coloration in birds: implications for defining avian morphospace,” Condor 110:599-614.
The Katma Award, for an outstanding paper related to ornithology that offers unconventional ideas or innovative approaches, was presented to Sievert Rohwer, Keith Hobson, and Vanya Rohwer for their 2009 paper, Migratory double breeding in Neotropical migrant birds (PNAS 106: 19050-19055).
Two COS Young Professional Awards were given to
- Matthew D. Carling, Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, University of Wyoming, for "Genetics of speciation: insights from Passerina buntings"
- Karl S. Berg, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, for "Vertical transmission of vocal memes in wild parrots"
- Vanya Rohwer, for his paper with Paul Martin, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, received the A. Brazier Howell Award for “Fitness consequences and selective mechanisms favoring local nest morphologies in Yellow Warblers: nest transplant experiments between subarctic and temperate populations”
- Kyle Horton, for his paper with Sara Morris, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, received the Frances F. Roberts Award for “Flight calls in wood-warblers: do migrants respond to conspecifics calls?”
- Ann McKellar, Queen's University for her proposal "Does winter rainfall influence breeding phenology and behaviour in a long-distance migratory songbird?"
- Joanna Wu, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, for her proposal "Seed dispersal ecology in endemic versus exotic birds in Hawai'i"