Memphis, Tenn. March 10, 2017 Ducks Unlimited has chosen Dr. James (Jim) Gammonley as its 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winner in the state/provincial agency employee category. Dr. Gammonley leads the avian research team for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

He was honored today during the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Washington.

Jim has dedicated his life and career to promoting the best hunting opportunities possible for sportsmen and women and for preserving our waterfowl populations, their habitats and our hunting traditions for future generations, said Dr. Mark Vrtiska, waterfowl program manager for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The state of Colorado is known as a leader in migratory bird research, conservation and management. Michael Johnson, retired North Dakota Game and Fish Department supervisor, says that distinction is due to Gammonleys work.

Jim has an ability to clearly identify issues and problems and then diligently work towards appropriate solutions, Johnson said. His work on the complex technical aspects of harvest management strategies and processes is highly regarded, and he actively helps others understand them as well.

Considered to be the go-to expert on cinnamon teal, Gammonley wrote the Cinnamon Teal chapter of the renowned Birds of North America series. He has authored and co-authored more than 18 peer-reviewed scientific research publications.

Gammonley, a 20-plus year Colorado employee, represents the state on the Central Flyway Councils Waterfowl Technical Committee. He also works to ensure the hunter perspective is taken into consideration in habitat management decisions.

Ducks Unlimiteds 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 Americas wetlands and waterfowl. To view a complete list of the 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners,visit

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