Congratulations to the Recipients of the NAWMP Awards for 2017!
International Canvasback Award Recipients
Dr. Bruce Batt
For nearly 50 years, Dr. Bruce Batt has been a major contributor to waterfowl research and conservation across North America. His resume evidences work on prairie breeding ducks, Arctic nesting geese, wintering waterfowl, wetland ecology and management and more, and there are few others who have contributed so much to the success of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and in particular its Joint Ventures, in more diverse ways.
A summer experience as a technician at the Delta Waterfowl Research Station in 1967 started him on his professional path. Dr. Batt became involved directly with the NAWMP in 1985, when he hosted a planning retreat for the US/Canada negotiating team. Delta later hosted the first technical planning meetings for the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture in late 1986. Dr. Batt became the first Delta staff member of the PHJV Management Board.
Dr. Batt moved to Ducks Unlimited to help plan and develop DU’s new Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, becoming the IWWR’s first director in 1991. He was a vital advocate for funding the PHJV Assessment Study, the most ambitious program evaluation for breeding duck management ever undertaken.
In his role as Director of IWWR, and later DU Inc.’s Chief Biologist, Dr. Batt helped facilitate funding and logistical support for biological program evaluations of several joint ventures, as well as research relevant to all four flyways.
In retirement, Dr. Batt continued to contribute, most notably authoring an important history of waterfowl conservation in Canada on the occasion of DU Canada’s 75th anniversary.
Pictured above: Bruce Batt (l) and Mike Anderson. Photo courtesy of Mike Anderson.
Mr. Eduardo Carrera
Eduardo Carrera is a leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation in Mexico and a key player in the success of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which for more than three decades has served as a model for international cooperative conservation.
In addition to his duties as national director and CEO of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC), Carrera advises the Mexican government on waterfowl management issues and serves on numerous national and state councils and commissions.
Carrera established a program to help Mexican conservation professionals improve their waterfowl habitat decision-making capacity. A group of these professionals developed the first National Waterfowl Survey in Mexico to help guide conservation decisions. Ultimately these well-informed decisions will lead to healthier habitat to grow waterfowl populations – benefiting hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.
Carrera initiated DUMAC’s Latin American Reserve Manager Training Program, which provides internationally recognized advanced natural resource conservation training to professionals primarily from Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean countries. He served as the program’s coordinator for several years, and continues to secure funding and provide leadership.
He developed the “Teaching the Teachers” environmental education program for elementary and secondary school teachers. By incorporating conservation lessons into their classes, teachers ensure students gain appreciation for natural resources and waterfowl habitats.
Pictured above: Eduardo Carrera receives his award. Left to right: Jerome Ford (USFWS); Eduardo Carrera; Secretary Ryan Zinke (DOI); and Greg Sheehan (USFWS). USFWS photo.
DJ Case and Associates
DJ Case and Associates, and its founder David J. Case, has been a key partner and significant force in the NAWMP for over three decades. They have helped bring diverse partners together to think critically about communications and the role that people play in waterfowl management.
DJ Case was involved from the beginning of Adaptive Harvest Management which established the accepted standard for employing SDM in waterfowl management over the last 20 years. Although AHM is primarily focused on waterfowl harvest management, DJ Case has infused emphasis on communications and stakeholder engagement throughout planning and implementation.
Prior to completion of the 2012 NAWMP Revision, DJ Case designed and facilitated numerous stakeholder input workshops that were central to the themes in the Revision and the waterfowl community’s acceptance of this new direction. DJ Case played the key coordination role in the first Future of Waterfowl Management Workshop held in 2008 and ten years later in preparation and conduct of the Future of Waterfowl Workshop II.
DJ Case and Associates have exemplified the collaborative and innovative spirit of the NAWMP. Their collective professionalism always shows through during planning, implementation, and feedback stages of anything in which they are involved. The combination of communications skills and academic knowledge provides a resource to the NAWMP that is not available elsewhere.
Pictured above: Dave Case (center) receives his award from Plan Committee co-chairs Jerome Ford (USFWS) and Silke Neve (ECCC).
Blue-winged Teal Award Recipients - United States
Mr. James Faulstich
Over the past decade, Jim Faulstich has played a critical role in highlighting the urgent need to accelerate landscape-scale conservation throughout the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).
Faulstich's Daybreak Ranch in central South Dakota is a premier example of how ranching and waterfowl conservation complement each other. The conservation ethic displayed daily at the Daybreak Ranch has earned Jim several prestigious awards including the Excellence in Grazing award from the Society of Range Management and the Private Lands Stewardship award from AFWA.
Faulstich is a founding member and current chairman of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC). Thanks to his vision and leadership, the SDGC is among the most well respected natural resource voices in South Dakota and serves as a working model for similar landowner-led entities across the nation.
Faulstich is a national voice for conservation. He serves on the PPJV management board and is vice-chair of Partners for Conservation (PFC). His commitment to conservation - especially for the grassland and wetland resources of the PPR - is evident in all of his work.
Pictured above: James Faulstich receives his award at the Prairie Pothole JV board meeting.
Blue-winged Teal Award Recipient - Canada
Michael Barr devoted his entire career, spanning over 35 years, to wetland conservation and NAWMP in Canada: starting with Ducks Unlimited Canada in the early 1980s in Ontario and continuing to Alberta in 1990 to help make the Alberta NAWMP program successful and innovative.
As a member of the Alberta NAWMP Biome Committee, Barr helped deliver the two-year process that employed an earlier version of a duck productivity model. The Buffalo Lake Moraine was chosen to trial program plans, known as Alberta NAWMP’s First Step Project. The success of this trial program paved the way for the broader partnership program that we know today.
Barr's leadership was often called upon in NAWMP program and policy development on a regional, provincial and also Prairie Habitat Joint Venture scale. His early experiences served him to help build strong collaborative processes for when he became the Alberta NAWMP Partnership Coordinator in 2011. As Coordinator he further expanded his role to work with all levels of the partnership in Alberta and throughout Prairie Canada.
Barr's focus on future wetland conservation possibilities in Alberta is one of his greatest achievements. He was at the forefront of implementing many innovative ways to more broadly communicate the importance of wetland conservation to society and the role of the AB NAWMP Partnership.