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PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION: Bob Shaffer Honored with National Blue-winged Teal Award

Region 8, June 21, 2013
Bob Shaffer and Red Hunt with their Northern American Waterfowl Management Plan Awards.
Bob Shaffer and Red Hunt with their Northern American Waterfowl Management Plan Awards. - Photo Credit: n/a
Bob Shaffer, CVJV, and Dan Yparriguirre, deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NAWMP Committee member.
Bob Shaffer, CVJV, and Dan Yparriguirre, deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NAWMP Committee member. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Pam Bierce

Congratulations are in order to Bob Shaffer, coordinator of Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV), recipient of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s 2012 National Blue-winged teal award.

The National Blue-winged Teal Award recognizes partners whose activities at the national, regional, or local level result in substantial benefits to waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations or wetlands habitats, as a one-time, periodic or ongoing effort.

“I was very much surprised and honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee,” said Shaffer. “I have been blessed with being able to work with so many outstanding individuals dedicated to habitat conservation over the years that I feel this award belongs to them as well.”

Shaffer is recognized for his dedication and commitment to the conservation of avian and other wildlife resources. His many achievements have provided significant benefits to waterfowl, other migratory birds and their habitats in California’s Central Valley.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is a strategy developed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico to restore waterfowl populations internationally through habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement. It is implemented through long-term partnerships of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals committed to the conservation of North American waterfowl and other wetland-associated migratory birds and wetlands. The success of the strategy is dependent on the efforts of these partners.

Using skill, determination, and sometimes humor, Shaffer has provided 14 years of exceptional leadership for the CVJV. In collaboration with the CVJV Management Board, his work has contributed to the conservation of over 500,000 acres of migratory bird habitat.

Prior to his coordinator role, Shaffer represented the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (USBR) Mid-Pacific Region on the Central Valley, Intermountain West, and Riparian Habitat Joint Ventures. He also served for 10 years as the USBR regional wetlands coordinator and manager of the Central Valley Project Wildlife Habitat Augmentation Program. In these positions he was responsible for the funding of many wetland-related projects, resulting in the conservation of thousands of acres of wetlands and associated bird habitats in the Pacific Flyway.

Shaffer realized early in his almost 40-year career that water would play an important role in the management of healthy and sustainable bird populations in California. Since the mid-1980’s he has worked tirelessly to see that Central Valley refuges receive the amount of water needed to support healthy waterfowl resources. This interest in refuges and water issues led him to become the study manager for the Refuge Water Supply Report to Congress in 1989, which provided the basis for the most important refuge water supply legislation to date, the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992.

In addition to the National Blue-winged Teal Award that was awarded to Shaffer, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan honored Red Hunt with the International Canvasback Award. This award is presented to an exceptional individual, corporation, or organization that has made substantial contributions over a long period of time to the implementation and continuation of the Plan throughout North America. Hunt also has a long history with the CVJV, becoming active in the early days of the Plan. He served over 30 years with the California Department of Fish and Game, and was responsible for providing migratory waterfowl habitat. As a retiree, he remains engaged with the Plan Committee and the Joint Ventures, assisting as needed to further the protection of waterfowl and wetlands.

For additional information regarding the Central Valley Joint Venture or the National Waterfowl Management Plan visit http://www.centralvalleyjointventure.org/ or http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/NAWMP/index.shtm

Pam Bierce is a Public Affairs Officer at the Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Sacramento, California.

Contact Info: Pam Bierce, 916-414-6542, pamela_bierce@fws.gov