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:  Ron Reynolds 701-250-4413
               Barb Perkins 303-236-4588

Ron Reynolds Receives the National Blue Heron Award


Ron Reynolds with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck, North Dakota, 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.


Since 1991 Ron Reynolds has served as the Project Leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Habitat and Population Evaluation Team. Ron’s contributions to the conservation and understanding of waterfowl and their associated wetland and grassland habitats at state, national, and international levels are substantial.  Reynolds is a respected and proven leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region and his advice and guidance is regularly sought by individuals and agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada.


The Prairie Pothole Region includes the states of North and South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Its name comes from a geological phenomenon that left its mark beginning 10,000 years ago. When the glaciers from the last ice age receded, they left behind millions of shallow depressions that are now wetlands, known as prairie potholes. The potholes are rich in plant and aquatic life, and support globally significant populations of breeding waterfowl.  About half of the ducks and geese that hatch each year in the United States come from the Prairie Pothole Region.


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