SACRAMENTO, Calif. – May 3, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited Western Regional Director Mark Biddlecomb recently received the John E. Nagel Award from the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) for his outstanding achievement and long-term commitment to avian conservation. The award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the IWJV and works to conserve habitat through building public and private partnerships.
The John E. Nagel Award was established in 2000 and named in honor of the IWJV's first management board chairman. As prestigious as the award is, it is more than a professional honor for Biddlecomb.
"John Nagel hired me as Ducks Unlimited's first Intermountain West regional biologist," Biddlecomb said. "He was my mentor and became my close friend. I can't begin to tell you how much I respected him, his work and what this means to me on so many levels."
"Mark is extremely deserving of this award," said IWJV Coordinator Dave Smith, who nominated Biddlecomb. "His management skills are top-notch. He provided great direction, was always extremely insightful and the level of professionalism he brought to the IWJV remains the core of our operations to this day. His contributions go well beyond being a board member and he played an instrumental role in shaping the organization as we know it today."
Biddlecomb received the award on April 25 at a dinner hosted by the IWJV in Klamath Falls. Criteria for the award include long-term commitment to the conservation of birds and their habitats; outstanding achievements in the field of wildlife management; a vision for the future conservation of those resources and an ability to affect change toward that vision; a significant contribution of time and effort to the mission of the joint venture and the importance of the contribution (value to the avian resource, acres or value of habitat protected, restored or enhanced).
"It was an honor to receive this award bearing John's name," Biddlecomb said. "He was a remarkable man with great vision and leadership. I'm touched, flattered and really thrilled about it."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.