The founder of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo has been selected as the first recipient of a new $100,000 award from the National Audubon Society.

George Archibald is the winner of the first Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, and will be honored in ceremonies on Thursday in New York.

The Society awarded the Audubon Medal this year to philanthropist Louis Bacon, who also will be honored at the ceremony.

Archibald, an ornithologist, founded the International Crane Foundation in 1973 in Baraboo, and was director of the foundation from 1973 to 2000.

Lufkin said in a news release that Archibald was a great choice to get the $100,000 lifetime conservation achievement prize, one of the richest environmental awards in the world.

"This is what the new Audubon looks like," Lufkin said. "Audubon is a century old, but it's firing on all cylinders, and George Archibald, one of my heroes, is the best first recipient that I could imagine."


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