FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2011
Tina Shaw, 612-713-5331
Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society Honors Margaret Anderson with 2010 Minnesota Award
Margaret Anderson is presented the 2010 Minnesota Award by last year's recipient, Dr John Toepfer of the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, at the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting Dec. 10, 2010. Photo by John Loegering, Past President and Professor at UM-Crookston.
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Manager Maggie Anderson was recognized by the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society for her contributions to the field of conservation and received the 2010 Minnesota Award at the 2010 Society meeting Dec. 10, 2010.
Presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Minnesota's wildlife and natural resources, the Minnesota Award is the Chapter's highest honor and has been given to Minnesota’s lead conservationist annually since 1958.
Graduating from University of Maine at Orono in 1973, Anderson started her conservation career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a part of the Atlantic Salmon Investigations team and then went on to work as the Assistant Refuge Manager at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine, where she worked until 1977.
Taking leadership roles across the country—from the Lansing District-Pool 9 on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Seney NWR on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Lee Mecalf NWR in Montana and Petit Manan NWR in Maine—Anderson has made mentoring young biologists and investing in sound science a priority for more than three decades.
In 1995, Anderson returned to the Midwest as the manager at Agassiz NWR where she continues to define the standard of refuge management today. During her tenure at Agassiz NWR, Anderson has elevated moose research and the importance of outreach in advancing the understanding and protection of moose in northern Minnesota. Partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Anderson brought the Adopt-a-Moose program to the web and area schools.
Anderson has also shepherded research projects on wolves, American Bittern, Least Bittern and Franklin’s Gull, as well as landscape-level projects on sedge meadow habitat and sediment studies. She continues to employ new management endeavors at the Refuge, like prescribed burning for cattail and willow control, as well as large-scale aspen removal in an effort to restore historic open areas.
With an eye on the future of her profession and the wider success of the conservation community, Anderson has always placed great value on the role that volunteers and young biologists play in her research partnerships. Throughout her career, Anderson has folded volunteers and students into research projects with the broader goal of providing mentoring opportunities.
For these and countless other endeavors, the Chapter proudly welcomed Anderson to the ranks of past recipients: Walter Breckenridge (1967), Grady Mann (1969), Art Hawkins (1973), Gordy Gullion (1979), Carl Madsen (1985), L. David Mech (1986), Harvey Nelson (1992) and Gary Huschle (2006).
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