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Ontario’s Dr. Ken Abraham honored at 2014 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 13, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2014 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards yesterday during the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Denver. This year’s recipient in the State/Provincial Agency category is Dr. Ken Abraham of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Dr. Abraham is presently the Scientist – Wetlands and Waterfowl on the Wildlife Research Team of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Trent University. He completed his B.A. in Biology at Luther College, an M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology at Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Queen's University. His major research has taken place in the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Ontario and Manitoba, though he has worked in other parts of the arctic, including Southampton Island in Nunavut. He presently leads the OMNR's Hudson Bay Lowland Wetland and Waterbird Research and Monitoring Program, which is examining the relationship between geese and their habitats in the Hudson Bay and James Bay area. Dr. Abraham is a member of a small team of scientists whose work helped us understand the conservation challenges of overabundant geese. This resulted in over a hundred scientific papers and reports that are widely recognized for their singular leadership.

“During his career with the Wildlife Research Team at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and through his association with Trent University and various multi-disciplinary committees, working groups, and joint ventures, Dr. Abraham has become recognized as one of the most accomplished Arctic ecosystem scientists in the world,” said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. “Throughout his career he has contributed to waterfowl and wetlands conservation at the highest levels. This has been especially important for Arctic-nesting geese and their habitats, but also to systems and species in the Boreal Forest and elsewhere.”

Ducks Unlimited’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards are presented annually in six categories to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. To view a complete list of the 2014 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, please visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards.

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

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Media Contact:
Eric Keszler
901-758-3924
ekeszler@ducks.org
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