Congratulations to Jessica for winning the Richard C. Goulden Memorial Award! This is an award established by the Manitoba Chapter of The Wildlife Society for research on wildlife inManitoba. Jessica won for her outstanding proposal on effects of grassland loss and fragmentation on prairie birds. Over the last ½ century, grassland birds have declined more than birds of any other type of habitat, and the most important reason for this is simply loss of their habitat. Jessica’s work is unique in trying to determine the relative importance of the loss of grasslands, compared with the breaking apart of the remaining grasslands in south-westernManitoba. Jessica’s work is award-winning because she combined a unique and robust study design, preliminary analyses to ensure the feasibility of the project before she started collecting data on it, and because she put together a well-written and well-researched thesis proposal. This research will go a long way towards helping us understand and conserve grassland songbirds. Congratulations Jessica!