Conservationist of the Year in 2001, Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2002, Who’s Who in America in 2002, Lifetime Achievement Award Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2002, Faculty-Alumni Award, University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004; it’s safe to say Glenn Chambers is well-accomplished.
Because of his work, “Boy Scouts of America approved Glenn Chambers for the Hornaday Gold Medal award which recognizes meritorious service to Scouting and conservation.” The award began in 1914 and became what it is today in 1937 when it was named after the founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Dr. William T. Hornaday. Chambers is the first recipient of the award from central and northeast Missouri.
"(receiving the award) was awesome is all I can say," Chambers said. "It was a real surprise. That award is given out very seriously and recipients have to be something special and I didn't realize I qualified for it."
Chambers found his love for the outdoors while growing up on a farm in rural Missouri and hunting with his father. From that his interest in photography sprouted and he ended up combining his two passions.
After attending a one-room school in his early elementary years, he chose to earn his Master’s degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Missouri, Columbia. About 30 years later in 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Central Missouri State University.
He managed the August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Area at Weldon Spring for the Missouri Department of Conservation and was promoted to Wildlife Research Biologist researching pheasant range extension in Missouri. Later he added cinematographer for MDC to his work and became Motion Picture Specialist producing feature-length award-winning motion pictures including “Return of the Wild Turkey.” A few years after, he served as Corporate Wildlife Photographer with Ducks Unlimited.
Once he “retired,” he began to present live River Otter programs to schools and other audiences throughout Missouri with MDC. He and his wife Jeannie travelled more than 800,000 miles reaching more than 1,000,000 people (mostly children). He also contracted with National Geographic Television to produce a feature-length film titled “Otter Chaos.”
Among his other great accomplishments, he had his photographic exhibits at the Department of Interior, Washington D.C. and a traveling exhibit with the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
The Hornaday Gold Medal Award will be presented at a dinner Friday, Sept. 12 in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building.