Christopher Heckscher, associate professor in the Delaware State University Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was honored by the Delmarva Ornithological Society with its 2016 Conservation Award.

The annual award recognizes an individual or organization for contributions to the conservation of birds and their habitats in the Delmarva region.

The society honored Heckscher for his cumulative career in bird, insect and invertebrate research and conservation.

Heckscher’s conservation work is not just limited to birds. He has also worked to document uncommon and rare invertebrates in Delaware, publishing important Delmarva distribution and habitat records for groups as diverse as wasps, fireflies, dragonflies and moths.

Heckscher is a member of the state’s Natural Areas Advisory Council and the Delaware State Forest Stewardship Committee, and he is a board member of the Coalition for Natural Stream Valleys.