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Since 1991, the San Diego County Orchid Society has awarded over $297,000 to support projects in 24 different countries.

2023

Habitat assessment and conservation of critically endangered Shoe-shaped Gastrochilus in Nepal. Submitted by Reshu Bashyal, Greenhood Nepal. ($4,776)

Diversity, Distribution, Status, Indigenous Uses, and Conservation of Orchids in Punakha District, Western Bhutan/ Submitted by Karma Dorji Jimba, District Administration, Environment Sector, Punakha, Bhutan. ($2,600)

Integrating Reintroduction and Science Communication to Conserve the Vulnerable Cattleya crispa in Brazil. Submitted by Samantha Koehler, State University of Campinas, Brazil. ($4,000)

2022

Conservation threats and host tree assessment of critically endangered Gastrochilus calceolaris at Orong, Samdrupjongkhar (Bhutan). Submitted by Ugyen Chophel, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Eastern Bhutan. ($7,090)

Molecular DNA analysis of cultivatable endophytic fungal isolates from the roots of orchids in the region of Soconusco, Chiapas, México, for use in orchid restoration and pest control. Submitted by Anne Damon, El Colegia de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico. ($5,325)

The full genome sequencing and genetic analyses of Cypripedium reginae. Submitted by Peter Faletra, The New Hampshire Academy of Science. ($3,350)

Genetic Diversity, Population Density and Reproductive Success of Tridactyle cruciformis, an Endangered Epiphytic Orchid in the Mau Forest, Kenya. Submitted by Fanuel Kawaka, Department of Biological Sciences, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Bondo, Kenya. ($3,500)

Developing an Eco-friendly Orchid Trail for Conservation of Wild Orchids in Makawanpur District, Nepal. Submitted by Bhakta Bahadur Raskoti, Nature Research and Conservation Initiative, Banke, Nepal. ($3,470)

 

2021

Conservation of Cattleya lobata Lindl at the Natural Monument of “Pão de Açúcar” and “Morro da Urca”, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Submitted by Eduardo Nogueira, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ($3,500)

Small White Lady’s-Slipper (Cypripedium candidum): Monitoring to Assess the Fine-scale Effects of Grazing at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Submitted by Bradley Kennedy, Nature Conservancy of Canada. ($3,770)

Protecting Globally Threatened Orchid Species through Conservation Education Programs in Panchase, Nepal. Submitted by Prakash Poudel, Greenhood Nepal. ($3,500)

2020

Conservation of Orchids on Private Land: Developing Orchid Friendly Tourism on Idukki District, Kerala, India. Submitted by Jis Sebastian, Kerala, India. ($3,500)

2010-2019

  1. Continuing with the “Integrated Strategy for the Restoration and Conservation of Epiphytic Orchidaceae in the Southeast of Mexico.” Submitted by Anne Damon, El Colegia de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico. ($5,500)   Project Final Report
  2. Conservation Status and Phenology of the Ghost Monkey Orchid, Dracula lemurella. Submitted by Nicolás Peláez, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. ($5,700)
  3. Utilizing Citizen Science to Restore Orchid Biodiversity at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. Submitted by Matt Peter, The Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin. ($3,500)
  1. Diversity and Distribution of Orchids in Syangja District of Western Nepal. Submitted by Ajay Karki, Kathmandu Forestry College, Kathmandu, Nepal. ($3,350)
  2. The Orchids of Cerro Brujo, Chiapas, Mexico.Submitted by Eduardo Martinez Ovando, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes del Estado de Chiapas, Chiapas, Mexico. ($6,800)
  3. Utilizing Citizen Science to Restore Orchid Biodiversity at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.Submitted by Matt Peter, The Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin. ($3,220)  Project Report
  1. Restinga Viva: Training of Public School Teachers for Conservation. Submitted by Maria do Rosário de Almeida Braga, Brazilian Institute of Biodiversity, Brazil. ($5,000)  Project Report, A Publication based on the Project
  2. Distribution, Habitat Assessment and Conservation Status of Critically Endangered Paphiopedilum fairrieanum in Zhemgang District, Central Bhutan. Submitted by Sherab Jamtsho, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Thimphu, Bhutan. ($3,350)  Project Report
  3. “Jewels of the Forest” An Introduction of Orchids to the Public at the Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve (REGUA). Submitted by Nicholas Locke, Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ($5,000)  Project Report
  4. Great Plains Ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum): Establishment of Annual Monitoring Protocol to Determine Effectiveness of Conservation Land Management. Submited by Lisa Maskus, Nature Conservancy of Canada. ($4,807)  Project Report
  1. Mutualistic Interactions Above and Below-ground in an Andean Orchid Species: Toward Holistic Conservation. Submitted by Yasmin A. Alomía, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. ($3,500).   A Publication based on the Project.
  2. Orchid Diversity and Host Tree Assessment in Martshala, Samdrup Jongkhar, Eastern Bhutan. Submitted by Ugyen Chophel, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Eastern Bhutan.($3,000).  Project Report.
  3. Integrated Strategy for the Restoration and Conservation of Epiphytic Orchidaceae in the Southeast of Mexico. Submitted by Anne Damon, El Colegia de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico.($3,500)   Project Report.
  4. Guide for the Sustainable Management of Epiphytic Orchids in Southeast Mexico. Submitted by Anne Damon, El Colegia de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico. ($1,580)  Project Report.
  5. Formation and Training of a Select Group of Young Orchid Researchers and Enthusiasts for the Southeast of Mexico. Submitted by Anne Damon, El Colegia de la Frontera Sur(ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico.($1,580). Project Report.
  6. An Initiative to Establish a Community-Based Orchid Sanctuary in Palpa District, Nepal. Submitted by Bhakta Bahadur Raskoti, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.($3,300)  Project Final Report.
  1. Restinga Viva. Submitted by Maria do Rosário de Almeida Braga, Brazilian Institute of Biodiversity, Brazil. ($5,995) Project Report
  2. Understanding the Ecological Niche Requirements of Rare and Endangered Orchid Species. Submitted by Jaspreet Kaur, Texas Tech University.($5,050)  Project Report
      A Publication Based on the Project
  3. Restoration of Orchids in Human Transformed Landscape Involving Local Community in Wayanad District, Kerala, India. Submitted by Jis Sebastian and Giby Kuriakose, Sacred Heart College, Kerala, India.($2,965)  Project Report

No Conservation Awards were made in 2014.

  1. A Study of Native Species of Vanilla Plumier ex Miller (Vanilloidea: Orchidaceae) as an Education and Conservation Strategy in the Columbian Amazon. Submitted by Rafael Arévalo and Andrés Barona, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Reserva Otraparte, Leticia-Tarapacá, Amazonas, Colombia. ($2675)  Project Report
  2. Pollination Ecology and Floral Scents of Peruvian Telipogon. Submitted by Carlos Martel, Institute of Experimental Ecology, Ulm University, Germany. ($2,500)
  3. Community Based Approaches for Sustainable Conservation of Threatened Orchids of Godavari-Phulchowki Mountain Forest, Nepal. Submitted by Dhirendra Kumar Pradhan, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Chitwan, Nepal.($2,450)   Project Report
  1. Orchid Conservation and Awareness Project, Syangja District of Nepal - Ajay Karki, Kathmandu Forestry College, Kathmandu, Nepal. ($2500)  Project Report
  2. Implementing Symbiotic Germination Techniques in New Zealand for the Conservation of Terrestrial Orchids - Carlos Lehnebach, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand. ($2504)  Project Report
  1. A study of the conservation genetics and future viability of a rare North American orchid, (Platanthera praeclara) - Steven Travers, Department of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University. ($2032)  Project Report
  1. Community Building for the Conservation and Annotated List of Orchidaceae, Wild Orchids Species in the Tropical Cloud Forest of Dapa, Colombia - Terry Lynn Gartelman-Gonzalez, DapaViva Environmental Foundation, Dapa, Colombia. ($2766)  Project Report
  2. Developing Native Orchid Conservation Education with a New Conservation Park - Mizushi Satoh, APROVACA (Asociación de Productores de Orquídeas del Valle y Cabuya), El Valle de Antón, Provincia de Coclé, Panamá ($2701)
  3. Reintroduction of Peristylus (Platanthera) holochila – a U.S. Federally Endangered Orchid from Hawaii - Lawrence Zettler, Erin Wood, Tegan Fugate, and Lillian Moller-Jacobs, Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL. ($2500)  Project Report

2000-2009

  1. Rehabilitation and Habitat Restoration of Snow Orchid (Diplomeris hirsuta) in the Western Himalayas, India - Dr. Jeewan Singh Jalal, Centre for Participatory Biodiversity Conservation Society, Uttarakhand, India. ($2190)
  2. In Situ Conservation of Endangered and Endemic Orchids in Turkey - Zafer Kizilkaya, Foça Izmir, Turkey. ($5480)  Project Report
  3. Participatory Conservation and Restoration of Orchids in Chitwan Valley, Nepal - Sunita Ulak, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal. ($2360)  Project Report
  1. Implementation of an Orchid Rescue Center at the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve, Ecuador - Dr. Joe Meisel and Dr. Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA. ($1455)  Project Report
  2. Orchid Survey of Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - OrquidaRio (the orchid society of Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ($2860)  Project Report
  3. Identification and Mapping of Orchids in Macaé de Cima, Brazil - David and Izabel Miller, Rio Atlantic Forest Trust ($2000)
  4. The Two Worlds Dry Forest Corridor: Manabí Ecuador - Dr. Joe Meisel and Dr. Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA. ($6000) Project Report
  1. Conservation Genetics within Piperia (Orchidaceae) - Robert Lauri, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, California. ($2300)  Project Report
  2. Establishment of a Propagation and Reintroduction Program for Threatened Orchids of the Southern Pacific Slope of Mexico. Phase 1: Field Survey - Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gar dens, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ($2500)   Project Report
  3. Assessment of the Orchid Diversity in Different Habitats of the Knuckles Mountains, Sri Lanka - Rathgama Fernando, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. ($2605)  Project Report
  4. Threatened Orchids of the Massif du Chaillu, Gabon - Tariq Stévart, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri. ($3000)
  5. Ecology and Conservation of the Orchids Present in Andean Forests of the Natural National Park Chingaza (Cundinamarca, Colombia) - Daira Ximena Villagran, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia. ($2520)
  1. Survey and Distribution of the Orchids of the “Reserva Ecológica do Guapiaçu” (REGUA), Cachoeiras de Macacu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil - OrquidaRio (the orchid society of Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ($2140)  Project Report
  2. Conservation of a Rare Orchid (Cypripedium cordigerum) in Nagtibba (Western Himalaya), India - Dr. Jeewan Singh Jalal, Department of Habitat Ecology, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India. ($2400)   Project Report 
  3. The Two Worlds Dry Forest Corridor: Manabí Ecuador - Dr. Joe Meisel and Dr. Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA. ($6000)  Project Report
  1. Predicting the Vulnerability of Epiphytic Orchid Communities to Climate Change in the Peruvian Andes - Damien Catchpole, School of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. ($3000)
  2. Threatened Orchids of Shivapuri National Park - Dr. Lokesh Shakya, Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. ($2450)
  1. Orchid Abundance along Forest Successional Gradients: Rare Orchids, Rare Habitats, or Rare Fungi? - J. Hope Hornbeck and Dr. Donald Leopold, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York, Syracuse, New York, USA. ($2160)
  2. Orchid Conservation in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador - Lou Jost, Ecuador. ($2100)
  3. Status, Pollination Ecology, and Genetic Diversity of Endangered Orchidaceae: Habenaria distans, H. macroceratitis, and Spiranthes floridana - Dr. Michael Kane and Scott Stewart, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. ($2400)  Project Report
  4. The Two Worlds Dry Forest Corridor: Manabí Ecuador - Dr. Joe Meisel and Dr. Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA ($6000) , USA. ($2664) Project Report
  1. Orchid Conservation by Local Residents in Madagascar through Direct Reintroduction at Ranomafana National Park- M.M. From and T. Gouveia, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. ($3280)
  2. Orchids of Lower Goryi Valley, Western, Himalaya, India: Towards a Community Based Conservation Approach - Jeewan Singh Jalal, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India. ($2500) Project Report
  3. Ecology of Lepanthes and Teagueia in Ecuador - Lou Jost, Ecuador. ($2487)
  4. The Orchids of El Pahuma, Ecuador: Species Inventory and Guide Book - Joe Meisel and Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA. ($2645)
  5. The Choco-Andes Center for Orchid Conservation, Ecuador - Alex Reynolds and Rodrigo Ontaneda, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. ($1300)
  6. Recovery of a Federally Endangered Hawaiian Endemic, Platanthera holochila, through Symbiotic Seed Germination - Emma Peterson and Dr. Lawrence Zettler, Department of Biology, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, USA. ($2000)
  1. Ecology of Lepanthes and Teagueia in Ecuador - Lou Jost, Ecuador. ($2325)
  2. Identification and Protection of Critical Orchid Habitat in Ecuador through Conservation Easements - Joe Meisel and Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA. ($2664)
  3. Symbiotic Seed Germination of Two Rare Spiranthes Species from Florida, USA - Kurt Piskin and Dr. Lawrence Zettler, Department of Biology, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, USA. ($1600)
  1. Diversity and Distribution of Lepanthes in Ecuador - Lou Jost, Ecuador. ($2550)
  2. Cypripedium Rescue in Minnesota, USA - Tom Nelson and Eric Hansen, Minnesota, USA. ($2500)
  3. Reproductive Biology of Sympatric Pleurothallid Species in Northwestern Ecuador - Lorena Endara, Department of Biological Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador. ($2600) Project Report
  4. Orchids of the Yavita-Maroa Road, Venezuela - Dr. Gustavo Romero, The Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. ($2655) Project Report
  5. Orchid Survey in Banyang-Mbo Sanctuary, Cameroon - Louis Zapfack, Department of Plant Biology, University of Yaounde, Cameroon. ($2468)
  6. Orchids of the Organ Mountain Range, Brazil - David Miller and Dr. Richard Warren, Rio Atlantic Forest Trust. ($2250)
  7. Genetic Relationships among Disa and Stenoglottis Species - Benny Bytebier and Dirk Bellstedt, Department of Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa. ($2000)
  8. Survey of Orchids in Eastern Nepal - Dr. Lokesh Shakya and Devendra Bajracharya, Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. ($1500)
  1. Ecological Study of Lepanthes in Ecuador - Lou Jost, Ecuador. ($2325)
  2. Study of Mycorrhizal Associations in Platanthera Species - Dr. Lawrence Zettler, Department of Biology, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, USA. ($858)
  3. Reference Materials for Botanical Library in Cuzco, Peru - Eric Christenson, Sarasota, Florida, USA. ($580)
  4. Habitat Protection in Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil - David Miller and Dr. Richard Warren, Rio Atlantic Forest Trust. ($2400)  

1990-1999

  1. Habitat Protection in Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil - David Miller and Dr. Richard Warren, Rio Atlantic Forest Trust. ($2400)
  2. Study of Paphiopedilum Habitats in Vietnam - Dr. Leonid Averyanov, Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia. ($3000)
  3. Establishment of a Conservation Easement in El Pahuma, Ecuador - Catherine Woodward, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, USA. ($2000) 
  1. Survey of Native Orchids - Greg Steenbeeke, New South Wales, Australia. ($750)
  2. Genetic Diversity of Epipactis gigantea in San Diego, California, USA - Dr. Neal Biggart, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA. ($1050)
  3. Vegetative Propagation of Dendrobium anosmum with BAP - Awardee, Hawaii, USA. ($300)
  4. Sponsorship - 16th World Orchid Conference, Vancouver, Canada. ($1000) 
  1. Outdoor Orchid Display - Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas(now San Diego Botanic Garden), California, USA. ($3600)
  2. Reproductive Costs in Aerangis verdickii in Zimbabwe - Dr. Harold Koopowitz, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, California, USA. ($1700)
  3. Propagation and Reintroduction of Native Ladyslippers - Peter Faletra, New Hampshire, USA. ($1706)
  1. Ecology of Aerangis verdickii in Zimbabwe - Dr. Harold Koopowitz, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, California, USA. ($2000)

No Conservation Awards were made in 1995.

  1. Orchid Program - The Arboretum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California, USA. ($2000)
  2. Orchid Viewing / Education - San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California, USA. ($4500)
  1. Rio Bravo Habitat Conservation - Programme for Belize, Belize. ($4950) 
  1. Rio Bravo Habitat Conservation - Programme for Belize, Belize. ($4570) 
  1. Rio Bravo Habitat Conservation - Programme for Belize, Belize. ($4640) 

No Conservation Awards were made in 1990.