Plan Awards

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Awards!

International Canvasback Award Recipients

"Red" Hunt receives the International Canvasback Award. Left to right: Charles H. Bonham (Director, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife), Dan Yparraguirre (Deputy Director, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Red Hunt, Pete Bontadelli (former Director, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife). Photo by Jill Shirley/CVJV.

Eldridge “Red” Hunt
Hunt contributed to the development and implementation of the NAWMP from nearly the beginning and his efforts extended past his retirement from the  California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunt represented the Pacific Flyway on the NAWMP Plan Committee for over 20 years and was engaged in the 1994, 1998 and 2004 updates to the NAWMP. He also served on the staff of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, and developed critical support among California waterfowl hunters and NGOs by educating them about flyway habitat connections needed to sustain and increase waterfowl populations migrating to and through the state. Hunt supported the development and implementation of the migratory bird habitat Joint Venture concept in the Pacific Flyway, and in California specifically.

Presenting the Canvasback Award to Jim Ringelman. Left to right: Paul Schmidt (Ducks Unlimited), Mike Anderson (DU Canada), Randy Renner (Ducks Unlimited), Ringelman, Jerome Ford (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and David Goad (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission). Photo by Heather Stegner/DU.

Jim Ringelman
For more than 30 years, Ringelman has been involved in research on and conservation of North American waterfowl.  He worked on the original NAWMP  Continental Evaluation Team and helped develop one of the first extensive and rigorous hunter satisfaction surveys that gave waterfowl managers a statistically rigorous look inside the heads of their clientele. Today, Ringelman manages  Ducks Unlimited’s conservation programs in the Dakotas and Montana. In 2009, he was recruited to serve as coordinator for the  2012 NAWMP Revision, the most comprehensive reworking of the Plan since 1986. He led the writing team, chaired the Revision Steering Committee, and served as the primary liaison to the Plan Committee, as well as becoming the “face” of the revision during countless meetings and briefings throughout the U.S. and Canada.

National Blue-winged Teal Award Recipients

Representatives of DU GLARO accept the Blue-winged Teal Award. Left to right: Bernie Maryzck, Gildo Tori and Rebecca Humphries of DU GLARO; Tom Hauge (Wisconsin DNR); Russ Mason (Michigan DNR) and Russ Terry (DU GLARO). Photo courtesy of Russ Mason.

Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes-Atlantic Regional Office (DU GLARO)
 DU GLARO was nominated by both the  Wisconsin and  Michigan departments of natural resources for its outstanding contributions to wetland habitat and waterfowl in some 20 states throughout the Great Lakes region to the Atlantic Coast.  In addition to delivering wetland conservation projects, DU GLARO’s expertise and leadership in research, policy, and outreach/communication have resulted in numerous benefits for the region’s waterfowl, wetlands, and waterfowl community.

Cyndi Perry (far left) and Jerome Ford (far right), of the USFWS Migratory Bird Program, present Rick Kaminski with his award. Photo courtesy of Cyndi Perry.

Dr. Rick Kaminski and the Mississippi State University Waterfowl and Wetlands Science and Conservation Program
For more than three decades,  Dr. Kaminski and the  MSU Program have focused on research that has direct application to waterfowl conservation planning and wetland habitat management, supporting the goals of the NAWMP and the work of the migratory bird joint ventures. Dr. Kaminski and his students have had a strong relationship with the  Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture for many years.   Their research has helped to ensure the joint venture is using the most up-to-date science to carry out its conservation mission.

Robert Shaffer (left) accepts the Blue-winged Teal Award from Dan Yparriguirre, deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NAWMP Committee Member. Photo by Jill Shirley/CVJV.

Robert Shaffer
As coordinator of  Central Valley Joint Venture for 14 years, Shaffer has collaborated with the CVJV Management Board to make significant contributions to waterfowl and other migratory birds, contributing to the conservation of over 500,000 acres of migratory bird habitat. Prior to becoming JV coordinator, Shaffer represented the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s  Mid-Pacific Region on the Central Valley,  Intermountain West and Riparian Habitat joint ventures.  He has also served as the USBR regional wetlands coordinator and as study manager for the Refuge Water Supply Report to Congress in 1989, which provided the basis for the most important refuge water supply legislation to date, the  Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992.

Last Updated: May 4, 2015