RIDGELAND, Miss. – Aug. 20, 2020 – Mike Mitchell received an inaugural Ducks Unlimited (DU) Excellence in Conservation Award for his work on conservation planning in the Southern Region.
For the first time in its 83-year history DU distributed their Excellence in Conservation Awards. DU’s Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) created the awards to recognize outstanding conservation accomplishments and the DU staff who made them possible.
Any extraordinary accomplishment that supports DU’s conservation mission of filling the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever is eligible for recognition. The inaugural 2020 awards were announced Aug. 20, during the CPC summer meeting.
“These awards were created to support morale, help maintain a high level of motivation and convey the gratitude of DU supporters and volunteers by recognizing truly exceptional conservation professionals,” said CPC Chair Dr. Christine Thomas. “The awards recognize particularly outstanding conservation achievements by individuals who are part of the staff of Ducks Unlimited.”
Mike Mitchell and the DU Southern Region conservation planning team lead the way in on-the-ground applications of science and conservation planning using the latest technology. The teams application of GIS and other remote sensing technologies combined with their dedication to stringent adherence to the principles of sound science has yielded impressive, rapidly adopted, and highly useful results. The team regularly contributes to DU’s success across conservation, policy, communications, and fundraising efforts. Their willingness to ask and answer difficult questions, stretch to understand and utilize the latest technologies, and to lead by example have made the Southern Region’s Conservation Planning team a critical player in national and international conservation arenas.
“Everything we do is a team effort,” stated Mitchell. “I am honored and humbled by the nomination and selection for this award. I have had excellent leadership that has given me great opportunities in my field.”
Click here for a complete list of 2020 Ducks Unlimited Excellence in Conservation Award winners.
“Ducks Unlimited has the greatest team of conservation professionals in the world,” DU CEO Adam Putnam said. “These Excellence in Conservation Awards recognize the members of Team DU who are the boots on the ground. Their daily efforts fuel our mission to fill the skies with waterfowl.”
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About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved almost 15 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.