J.N. Hobbs Medal 2023: Dr Roz Jessop

The VWSG is proud and excited to announce that Roz Jessop was the recipient of the prestigious 2023 Hobbs Medal. This is awarded by BirdLife Australia for outstanding contributions to Australasian ornithology by an amateur ornithologist.

Roz has been involved with the VWSG since the early 1980s and has been a key member of the group since joining. She was the first female to hold an Australian cannon net licence and has exceptional experience in capture and handling of waders (and other birds). She has been a key figure in the North West Australia Wader and Tern Expeditions. Among the many responsibilites she has shouldered, she has been instrumental in managing animal ethics approvals and permits for the VWSG and the AWSG. This is an enormous responsibility and without her efforts, the VWSG would not be able to undertake the catches it does.

We are immensely grateful for everything she has contributed over the decades and congratulate her on this fabulous and well deserved achievement.

You can access and download the full Hobbs Medal citation from Australian Field Ornithology.