Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

September 15, 2008

Contact:  Steve Moran 308-382-8112
               Barb Perkins 303-236-4588

Steve Moran Receives the National Blue Heron Award


Steve Moran with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Grand Island, Nebraska, was presented with the prestigious National Blue Heron Award sponsored by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.  This award recognizes outstanding contributions toward the conservation of waterfowl habitat.


Moran has served as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Coordinator since 1993.  During this time, he has worked to form habitat conservation partnerships based on trust and cooperation with many private landowners, thereby achieving unprecedented wetland improvements on private lands.  There is a tremendous sense of pride in the habitat conservation accomplishments of the Joint Venture by its partners.

Sometimes known as the "hourglass", the Rainwater Basin covers 4,200 square miles within 17 counties of south-central Nebraska.  Millions of ducks, geese, cranes and shorebirds funnel through this "hourglass" during the spring migration.  This area provides critical migration habitat for the endangered whooping crane.  Working with landowners in the Rainwater Basin, joint venture partners are restoring, enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat in a largely agricultural landscape.

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