SEAFWA News

News about Association actions, agencies, and individual members.

Texas Agency Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD) named the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award winner for their Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP)
October 29, 2020
Missouri

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award winner during their 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28. The program's intent is to engage underrepresented audiences in outdoor recreation and nature.

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Alabama Research Center Recognized by Regional Peers
Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center given 2020 SEAFWA Directors' Special Recognition Award
October 28, 2020
Missouri

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) bestowed a Special Recognition Award upon the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (AABC) during their 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28. AABC is the largest state non-game recovery program of its kind in the nation. Its mission is to promote the conservation and restoration of rare freshwater species in Alabama waters and, in turn, restore cleaner water in the state's waterways.

“Many species of mollusks, like the spiny...

Mississippi Researcher Receives Highest Honor from Regional Wildlife Agencies
Dr. L. E. "Steve" Miranda named 2020 C. W. Watson Award winner
October 28, 2020
Missouri

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) bestowed the Clarence W. Watson Award upon Dr. Leandro Esteban "Steve" Miranda during its 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28.

Miranda has been a prominent freshwater fisheries biologist for the USGS Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit since 1986.The award is the highest honor given by the Association and is presented in conjunction with the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society and the Southeastern Section of the Wildlife Society.

“Dr. Steve Miranda is one of the...

Arkansas Conservation Officer Honored by Regional Peers
Corporal Mac Davis named 2020 SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year
October 28, 2020
Missouri

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named Corporal Mac Davis the 2020 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year at their 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28. Davis has 20 years of law enforcement experience, including seven with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).

“Our conservation officers do so much more than the already daunting task of law enforcement, and Corporal Davis is no exception,” SEAFWA President Paul Johansen said. “From coordinating fishing derbies for nursing home residents to hosting antler shed hunting...

North Carolina Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
Jeff Evans named 2020 SEAFWA Fisheries Biologist of the Year
October 28, 2020
Missouri

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named Jeff Evans the 2020 Fisheries Biologist of the Year at their 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28. Evans has been the Superintendent of the Watha State Fish Hatchery for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), for nearly 30 years.

“Evans has been an invaluable asset to the NCWRC, and his influence has extended well beyond North Carolina,” SEAFWA President Paul Johansen said. “His efforts have significantly advanced the science of fish propagation and have substantially expanded...

South Carolina Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
Felicia Sanders named 2020 SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
October 28, 2020
Missouri

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named Felicia Sanders the 2020 Wildlife Biologist of the Year at their 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28. Sanders is the Coastal Bird Conservation Project Supervisor for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), where she has worked since 2001.

“Sanders has led the state's coastal bird management and built an internationally recognized program,” SEAFWA President Paul Johansen said. “Throughout her career, she has been a dedicated champion for coastal birds, and her work has...

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Employees Perish in Helicopter Crash During Wildlife Survey
The deceased include a wildlife biologist, a fish and wildlife technician, and a state wildlife veterinarian
August 10, 2020
Texas

While conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep in West Texas on Saturday, Aug. 8, three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees died in a helicopter crash on TPWD’s Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County.

The victims include Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar. The pilot, a private contractor, survived the crash and was transported to El Paso for further treatment.

“No words can begin to express the depth of sadness we feel for the loss of our...