Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2013 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Awards!
International Canvasback Award Recipients
Throughout his 40-year career, culminating in his current position as Director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Wayne MacCallum has been a leader in continental waterfowl conservation through science, policy and funding. As Director of the MDFW since 1988, Wayne has played a key role in modifications to Waterfowl Stamp legislation in Massachusetts to ensure support for NAWMP habitat projects, and has helped to direct state funds of more than $1 million to serve as match for North American Wetland Conservation Act projects in Canada. He has served as a member and the chairman of the Atlantic Flyway Council, chair of the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture and a member of the Sea Duck Joint Venture board, advocating for science and management of the American black duck and other seaducks. Since 2008, MacCallum has been chairman of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, recommending wetlands conservation projects for funding by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
Frederic “Fritz” Reid
For 30 years, Dr. Frederic (Fritz) Reid has worked to advance the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan throughout North America. From his graduate work helping to develop the Waterfowl Management Handbook to his work in Canadian Prairie and Boreal habitats, Reid left his mark on waterfowl habitat early in his career. Later, he served as the director of conservation planning for Ducks Unlimited’s Western Regional Office, greatly improving the scientific foundation for conservation of Pacific Flyway waterfowl. Reid also served as a board member and board chair of both the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay joint ventures, and helped to develop the implementation plan for the San Francisco Bay JV. More recently, working with a team from DU Canada and the Pew Charitable Trusts, Reid helped develop a conservation strategy that called for protection of 50 percent of the Canadian Boreal Forest, with much of the rest conserved by sustainable development plans with high-level environmental standards.
National Blue-winged Teal Award Recipients
WetlandsLIVE, United States
A virtual field trip for students in grades 4-8, the webcast series “ WetlandsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure” encouraged outdoor learning and wetlands stewardship actions. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, WetlandsLIVE programs featured schoolchildren working with experts to undertake projects such as invasive plant removal, building a native plant garden and monitoring restored habitat. Projects inspired by WetlandsLIVE broadcasts, which were viewed by more than 166,000 people, continue to engage youth in meaningful wetlands stewardship activities in their own backyard, conserving and restoring critical wetland habitats.
Ken Abraham, Canada
Dr. Ken Abraham has made numerous contributions to advancing the study of waterfowl ecology in North America, helping shape waterfowl research and management during the last three decades. Most notably, he was a leading member of a team of scientists that recognized and reported the habitat damage caused by large and increasing populations of snow geese in Canada’s arctic and subarctic regions. Abraham has been instrumental in ensuring a sound scientific program at a number of major international conferences in ecology and has worked on projects with scientists from universities and government agencies throughout the world. He has been an active participant for many years on the Mississippi Flyway Technical Section, as well as in the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, Arctic Goose Joint Venture and Black Duck Joint Venture. He also served recently on the NAWMP Continental Assessment Steering Committee.
Kathy Dickson, Canada
Kathy Dickson has a long history of involvement and achievement with the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. She is particularly noted for her association with the Black Duck Joint Venture since its inception in 1989 and for co-chairing its technical committee from 1991 to 1996. Dickson played an instrumental role in developing the first BDJV strategic plan, which focused on implementing a cooperative population monitoring and research program to gather information needed to conserve and manage the American black duck across its range. Dickson has been a strong supporter and collaborator on waterfowl science throughout her career. Her work on the BDJV Technical Committee has contributed to the vast knowledge of black duck ecology we have today which has directly influenced international conservation and management programs for this species.