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Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Honored: Mark McCollough

Region 5, April 17, 2013
Mark working with Canada lynx
Mark working with Canada lynx - Photo Credit: n/a

Mark McCollough can now add another notable honor to the list of accolades he has already received: the 2013 University of Maine’s Forestry and Wildlife Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award.

McCollough is currently an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Maine Ecological Services Field Office. The University of Maine’s Forestry and Wildlife Alumni Association selected McCollough as this year’s recipient based on his outstanding professional achievements and his sustained contributions to the wildlife profession. Candidates for this award are nominated and selected by a committee of university alumni, past award recipients and wildlife faculty.

McCollough’s graduate work at the University of Maine included studying the foraging ecology of shorebirds on the shores of Cobscook Bay and then the ecology of fledgling eagles.  

After working several years for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, he began working for the Service in 2002 at the Maine Field Office. His projects over the years have included Furbish’s lousewort, eastern prairie fringed orchid, gray wolf, Canada lynx and the eastern cougar.

Despite his busy schedule and heavy workload, McCollough has always found time to “give back”, as he interacts with University students on a regular basis, co-teaches courses on endangered species policy and serves on the advisory committee for more than 20 graduate students.

A unique aspect to McCollough’s accomplishments is his recognition as a wildlife artist. Wildlife art has been a passion of McCollough’s for most of his life, which is evidenced his extensive body of artwork, including illustrated books and a collection of paintings. In fact, many Maine residents own a piece of his artwork which is proudly displayed on two different state license plates, one adorning a chickadee and the other a loon.  

McCollough’s dedication and commitment to his work in natural resources and conservation are clearly deserving of this honor. Congratulations Mark!

 

Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, 413-253-8303, Jennifer_Lapis@fws.gov