Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2009 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Awards!
International Canvasback Award Recipients
Mr. Bob Blohm
Bob Blohm has been at the forefront of North American waterfowl management for most of his 32-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During his long tenure with the Division of Migratory Bird Management, Blohm started as a staff waterfowl specialist and then moved into a series of leadership roles, first as Chief of the Section of Population Assessment, next as Chief of the Branch of Operations (later renamed the Branch of Surveys and Assessment), then as Deputy Division Chief and finally, as the Division Chief.
Blohm’s expertise in all phases of the continent’s most important waterfowl management programs, such as population surveys, harvest, banding, and research, has placed him in the unique position to be responsible for several databases critical to the management of North America’s waterfowl resources.
Blohm has been, and still is, a key contributor to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. He was a charter member of the NAWMP’s first Continental Evaluation Team (Science Support Team) tasked with developing an evaluation program for the Plan. Blohm has continued to support the Plan through participation and leadership in species joint ventures, and he is the U.S. Co-chair of the Trilateral Committee’s Migratory Bird Table, coordinating migratory bird management activities among the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Mr. Keith McAloney
Keith McAloney is an exceptional and dedicated waterfowl and wetland conservationist who, for the past 29 years, has been making significant contributions in waterfowl and habitat management. He has split his working career between the two national leaders in Canadian waterfowl and wetland conservation: Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Service.
McAloney’s contributions to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan are long-lived, having been at the inception of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture in Canada, and broad and encompassing, making contributions in two of the three international species joint ventures. He has made significant and long-term contributions to implementing NAWMP throughout North America and having a wide and enduring influence on waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
Among McAloney’s notable accomplishments are participating in the creation and delivery of one habitat and two species joint ventures in eastern Canada; participating in the development of the prospectus for the international Sea Duck Joint Venture; and working with the burgeoning shellfish aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada to conserve sea duck staging and wintering habitat while supporting the sustainable development of this significant industry.
National Blue-winged Teal Award Recipients
Mr. Vernon Bevill
Vernon Bevill’s career spans 40 years of conservation service. He began his career as the state wild turkey biologist for the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.
As Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Bevill was instrumental in passing one of the first state legislative measures that allocated a percentage of the sales tax on hunting and fishing equipment to help fund the state wildlife resource agency. He also worked with the Atlantic Flyway Council and the Service Regulations Committee to establish the first tundra swan season in North Carolina.
Bevill was President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and an Executive Committee member of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, followed by a brief tenure with Ducks Unlimited.
After serving as a private consultant, Bevill worked for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and then went to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he served as the Migratory Game Bird Program Director and a Central Flyway Council member for 17 years.
Mr. Glenn Elison
Glenn Elison has spent his career involved in the protection of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources. He was refuge manager for the Alaska Peninsula and Arctic national wildlife refuges, and an Assistant Regional Director with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. He is currently the Alaska State Director of the Conservation Fund, a national non-profit organization that works to protect fish and wildlife habitat and community open space.
Elison’s work in Alaska - managing lands, protecting habitat, leveraging funds and promoting partnerships - is of long-term significance to Alaska’s waterfowl populations. His accomplishments include protecting coastal and freshwater ecosystems under diverse ownership and management. He was involved protecting more than 300,000 acres of wildlife habitat and he secured millions of dollars in private donor funds for habitat protection projects. Elison was instrumental in the development of the Southwest Alaska Conservation Coalition, an umbrella of groups working to identify, prioritize and protect habitats for the protection of fish, wildlife and cultural and recreational values.
Elison served as the chief negotiator and administrator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for several large habitat conservation agreements completed pursuant to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill settlement. Under his direction over 200,000 acres of wildlife habitat was protected on Kodiak Island.
National Blue-winged Teal Award Recipient – Canada
Mr. Ian Barnett
Through a 30-year career with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ian Barnett has contributed tremendously to several North American Waterfowl Management Plan initiatives resulting in significant long-term conservation benefits. Currently serving as an active member of the Plan Committee, NAWMP Funding Subcommittee, NAWCC Canada Staff Committee, and Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Advisory Board, Barnett’s efforts and interest in conservation are truly continental in scope.
Barnett began his career as a bio-technician, and became area manager for Ducks Unlimited Canada in Kamloops in 1988. He has served as DUC’s Director of Regional Operations for B.C. and the Western Boreal Forest Program and as Director of Regional Operations for Western Canada, managing the Prairie, Parkland, Western Boreal Forest, interior B.C. and west coast of B.C. In this capacity, he served on the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture, the Alberta NAWMP Partnership Board of Directors and on the Saskatchewan NAWMP Management Committee.
In 2009, Barnett became the Director of Regional Operations for B.C. and the Western Boreal Forest and the manager of National and International Partnerships for DUC.
Barnett was instrumental in bringing together the Interior Wetland Program in British Columbia and was a key player in getting the Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture officially accepted as a Joint Venture. While DUC’s Director of Regional Operations, Barnett oversaw the conservation of more than 49 million acres through a combination of securement and voluntary stewardship activities which expended in excess of $71 million.