|Members of the Friends of the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge lead their ECOLAB (Every Child Outside Learning About Bosque) program with San Antonio Elementary second- and third-grade students hiking out to a soil pit to study the soil profile in the Rio Grande floodplain. Photo Credit: Friends of the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge|
- Tom Kerr, refuge manager at St. Croix Wetland Management District and Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin – Winner of the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award,
- John Vradenburg, supervisory biologist at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico – Winner of the Refuge Employee of the Year,
- Wiley ‘Dub’ Lyon at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Texas – Winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award,
- Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – Winner of the Krival Friends Group of the Year Award.
Depending on the way you look at it, choosing these winners of the annual National Wildlife Refuge System Awards is either like catching fish in a barrel or like catching one individual fish in Lake Superior. That is to say, either really easy or quite difficult.