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Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams honored at 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

  • Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams is presented with the Federal Employee award at DU's Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient of the Federal Employee award is Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams.

DU's Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America's wetlands and other waterfowl habitat.

"In his 30-plus-year career working in conservation, Dr. Williams has been a true friend to DU and has been instrumental in science-based decision making, whether dealing with day-to-day field operations or policy development at the highest levels of natural resources management," said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. "He has also overseen the implementation and updates of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act."

Williams began his career in 1979 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a biometrician, and he has been involved with conservation in some form ever since. He has held supervisory positions within the research program at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and in the Office (now Division) of Migratory Bird Management, helped established the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and served as executive director of the North American Waterfowl and Wetlands Office. For the past 16 years, Williams has served as the chief of the Cooperative Research Units Program of the U. S. Geological Survey.

Williams has also had a positive and long-lasting impact on the waterfowl management community and has always been a strong advocate for our continent's valuable wetlands. Along the way, he has provided analytical guidance to countless biologists and managers inside and outside the government, helped develop key documents in support of hunting migratory game birds and contributed valuable input toward maintaining the statistical reliability of countless monitoring programs for migratory birds. 

"Ken has played an integral role in the development and implementation of an adaptive approach to resource management, including the management of waterfowl harvests," said Robert Blohm, retired former chief of the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management. "His leadership of the co-op units system and his mentoring of numerous students in the natural resources disciplines have been instrumental in developing future leaders of research and management programs around the country."

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 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.

Matt Coffey
(901) 758-3764


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