Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Awards!
International Canvasback Award Recipients
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.
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
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.
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.
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.