SEAFWA News

News about Association actions, agencies, and individual members.

New Waterfowl Ecology and Management Online Course
Clemson University offering new online delivery option for non-thesis Masters in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology degree
June 17, 2017
South Carolina

Clemson University in South Carolina is excited to announce a new delivery option for its non-thesis masters in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology degree. This online program offered through the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation is for students with experience in natural resources who wish to enhance their professional degree skills. Students potentially include Federal and State Agency wildlife and fisheries employees, educators who wish to increase their knowledge about wildlife and fisheries biology, private industry professionals, and...

SEAFWA Law Enforcement Chiefs College Scholarships
SEAFWA’s $1,000 Law Enforcement Chief’s Scholarships are awarded to students who advocate for wildlife conservation
May 8, 2017
Oklahoma

Annually, SEAFWA’s Law Enforcement Chief’s Scholarships are awarded to students who advocate for wildlife conservation. There are three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each available to deserving students. This award is intended for students with a passion for the outdoors and an interest in the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources. The scholarship will assist students who are currently studying wildlife, fisheries or law enforcement.

To apply, submit the...

Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Names James Earl Kennamer 2017 Outstanding Alumnus
Kennamer, who later earned a Master’s and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, is part of a multi-generational family of Auburn wildlife alumni and faculty
March 21, 2017
Alabama

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences recognized James Earl Kennamer, a 1964 game management graduate and former faculty member, as the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient during a presentation at its advisory council meeting March 1 in Auburn.

Kennamer, who later earned a Master’s and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, is part of a multi-generational family of Auburn wildlife alumni and faculty. The son of Earl Kennamer, Auburn’s first Wildlife Extension Specialist, Kennamer’s own son, Lee, is also a wildlife graduate of Auburn.

It...

The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society Sponsoring Two Full-day Workshops at the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference
Join us for either workshop on Sunday, April 9 at 9:00 am in Norfolk, Virginia
March 6, 2017
Virginia
Camera Trap Survey Design and Occupancy Analysis

We are fortunate to have Marcella Kelly of Virginia Tech and David Miller of Penn State University lead our Camera Trap Survey Design and Analysis Workshop.  Camera traps are increasingly being used as a method for monitoring wildlife species, and they allow managers to document a wide-range of relevant biological variables such as occurrence, distribution, phenology and activity patterns, co-occurrence and species interactions, and abundance. In the morning the workshop will focus on the design of camera trap studies, including...

John Bel Edwards Appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Edwards previously served as a Louisiana state representative
January 16, 2017
Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that State Representative Jack Montoucet will serve as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries effective Jan. 16, 2017. 

“Jack Montoucet is a friend and a true Louisianan,” said Gov. Edwards.  “As a businessman, he understands the complex nature of running an organization such as Wildlife and Fisheries, and as an alligator farmer in Acadiana, he shares my belief that nothing should get in the way of Louisiana remaining the Sportsman’s Paradise.  This single agency represents so much about our culture...

Conservation Commission Names Sara Parker Pauley as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation
A Missouri native, Pauley brings a wide range of public and private sector experience to the position
November 2, 2016
Missouri

The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.

“As a lifelong conservationist, hunter, and outdoorswoman, Sara Parker Pauley appreciates and understands the value of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources,” said Conservation Commission Chair Dave Murphy. “Sara has a breadth of experience and a proven track record of success to lead the Department.”

“I look forward to this opportunity the Commission has entrusted me with,” Pauley said. “I began...

Agencies Awarded for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
SCDNR and TPWD received the the Workforce Diversity and Diversity Outreach Awards
October 28, 2016
Louisiana

The MINRC Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Awards winners in the categories of workforce diversity and diversity outreach.  The winners, chosen by a small group of volunteers with the SEAFWA MINRC Committee, were judged on their commitment to diversity and inclusion, the effectiveness of their programs, and any partnership developed and used to support their diversity and inclusion goals.

The winner of the workforce diversity and inclusion award is the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), for their outstanding...

Virginia Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
W. Matthew Knox named 2016 SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year.
October 19, 2016
Louisiana

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named W. Matthew Knox the 2016 Wildlife Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Baton Rouge this week. Knox is the deer project co-leader for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

“Matt has made significant contributions to important regional and national deer management initiatives,” SEAFWA President Gordon Myers said. “He is depended upon for wisdom and experience on myriad deer-related issues by his peers as evidenced by his being selected to represent wildlife agency deer biologists on...

South Carolina Officer Honored by Regional Peers
Wes Stewart named 2016 SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year
October 19, 2016
Louisiana

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Willard E. “Wes” Stewart the 2016 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year at their annual meeting in Baton Rouge this week. Stewart is a private first class conservation officer for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

“Each state submits the officer recognized as their officer of the year for consideration of this award, and each and every one of these individuals is deserving of recognition and appreciation,” SEAFWA President Gordon Myers said. “Stewart is certainly not only a great asset...

Veterinarian Receives Highest Honor from Regional Wildlife Agencies
John Fischer named C. W. Watson Award winner
October 19, 2016
Louisiana

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named John Fischer, DVM, Ph.D. of Athens, Georgia the 2016 C. W. Watson Award winner at their annual meeting in Baton Rouge this week. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association.

“Dr. Fischer’s extensive research and associated wildlife disease experience, which spans more than 25 years, has been critical to informing state fish and wildlife agency conservation strategies for decades. His knowledge, understanding of the state and federal wildlife management systems, and ability to bring people to...