PACIFIC REGION RECOVERY LEADER

Kerrie Palermo

Kerrie Palermosnowy plover on nest

Kerrie Palermo has worked on western snowy plover recovery in Oregon since 1993, first with the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and now with Coos Bay District Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  She has been instrumental in forming, organizing, and motivating the Oregon and Washington Western Snowy Plover Interagency Working Group.  She has ensured the progress of recovery and worked toward integration of diverse interest groups to work collectively toward a common goal of plover recovery in Oregon.

Kerrie has been involved with recovery efforts in Oregon since their early days, working with the Federal and State agencies to reduce disturbance of nesting areas by developing public outreach programs, conducting internal agency training, erecting ropes and signs, and establishing volunteer beach monitors.  She has been involved with planning and completing environmental clearances for hundreds of acres of habitat restoration for nesting plovers.  She works with research agencies and the Interagency Working Group to ensure funding for one of the most extensive survey and monitoring programs in the range of the species, which has provided crucial nesting and productivity data for over 14 years in Oregon.  When recovery goals were not being met despite numerous efforts, Kerrie worked with the other State and Federal agencies to implement a supremely successful predator control program that has finally allowed plover productivity and numbers to improve to near recovery levels in Oregon.

A number of milestones have taken place over Kerrie’s tenure and as a result of her efforts to work with others to conserve plovers and plover habitat:

Kerrie is directly involved with numerous organizations devoted to the recovery of snowy plovers and dune ecosystems, including the U .S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.