Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Biologist of the Year!

I'm so excited for my husband. He just found out last week that he received an award for his work restoring wetlands. I'm glad that he loves what he does everyday and he is really good at it too. Way to go Shawn!

Here are some details about what he does and the award he won.

It is my pleasure to announce that Shawn Papon, Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Partners Program at Fergus Falls Wetland Management District has been selected by his peers as the 2013 NWRS Region 3 Biologist of the Year.

Shawn holds a B.S. from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas and a M.S. from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Shawn has been with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Region 3 for the past 11 years, working at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and the Wisconsin Private Lands Office before landing in Fergus Falls in 2009. Shawn was selected for the 2013 Biologist of the Year award in part for his success in leading the region’s adaptive management project aimed at improving the effectiveness of wetland restorations. In addition to his work on the wetland restoration project, Shawn averages a completion rate of approximately 25-30 private land habitat restoration projects each year. Shawn is excellent at forming and maintaining partnerships always seeking new ways to accomplish the Service mission. Over the past year Shawn has worked closely with USDA, Minnesota DNR, Soil and Water Conservation District staffs, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and local sport clubs to restore and conserve several hundred acres of grasslands and wetlands. Shawn’s dedication to the Service mission, his teamwork,  his professional interaction with his peers, the public, other agencies and organizations, his conservation ethic along with his passion for the wildlife and habitat resources we strive to restore and protect make him a worthy recipient of the Biologist of the Year Award for 2013. 

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