National Wildlife Refuge System

New Honors

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have honored three individuals and a Friends group with 2013 National Wildlife Refuge System awards.

Andrew French, winner of the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award, was cited for innovation and leadership that led to designation of the Connecticut River watershed as the first national blueway. As the manager at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, CT/MA, VT/NH, Stewart B. McKinney, CT, and John Hay National Wildlife Refuges, NH, French has demonstrated that the three refuges, spread across a 400-mile area of New England, are assets in their communities and the watershed.

Picture: Andrew French, manager at Silvio O. Conte/Stewart B McKinney/John Hay Refuges, is the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year

Jackie Jacobson received the Employee of the Year Award for her work as visitor services manager at Audubon Refuge, ND. She established the North Dakota Education Team, which has reached more than 80,000 people statewide and has helped conserve prairie and wetland habitats.

Picture: Jackie Jacobson, Audubon Refuge, ND, is Employee of the Year.
Bob Ebeling received the Volunteer of the Year Award after donating more than 10,000 volunteer-hours at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT. Among many other accomplishments, he played a key role in the restoration of the refuge after he was devastated by the flood of the Great Salt Lake in the mid-1980s.

Picture: Bob Ebeling, pictured with his wife, has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for over 10,000 hours of service at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah.

Friends of Maga Ta-Hophi Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) received the Friends of the Year Award for efforts to increase the name recognition and support for Huron Wetland Management District, SD – of which Maga Ta-Hophi WPA is a part. In just five years, the Friends group has developed a year-round environmental education program. They also have contributed to wildlife surveys, maintenance projects and citizen science efforts.


Picture: Friends of Maga Ta-Hophi WPA President Frank Amundson (center) leads an environmental education program for local youth.
Credit: Friends of Maga Ta-Hophi

Last updated: February 21, 2013