Two longtime members of California's Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) were recently honored for their contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). CVJV Coordinator Bob Shaffer received this year's National Blue-winged Teal Award and Eldridge "Red" Hunt was honored with the International Canvasback Award.

Shaffer's dedication and commitment to the conservation of birds and other wildlife resources have resulted in significant benefits to waterfowl as well as other migratory species and their habitats in California's Central Valley. In total, his work has contributed to the conservation of more than 500,000 acres of migratory bird habitat.

During his 20-plus years with the CVJV, Shaffer has worked closely with DU's Western region staff. "I was very much surprised and honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the NAWMP plan committee," Shaffer said. "I have been blessed with being able to work with so many outstanding individuals dedicated to habitat conservation over the years that I feel this award belongs to them as well."

Hunt's passion for conservation dates back to his days with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he worked for more than 30 years helping to restore waterfowl habitat. He has been involved with the CVJV for many years, becoming active in the early days of the partnership. Though now retired from state service, Hunt remains engaged with the NAWMP plan committee and the joint ventures, assisting as needed to further the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands.

"I can't say enough about Bob and Red," said Mark Biddlecomb, director of operations for DU's Western Region. "Both have been instrumental in helping to deliver the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and their efforts have made a positive difference for California's waterfowl and those who care about this tremendous resource. They are really deserving of these awards."