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USFWS staffers honored with Science Awards

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized three staff members for their extraordinary work by awarding them the Service’s 2017 Science Awards. The Science Awards were established to recognize that effective wildlife management and conservation is founded on innovative scientific inquiry and principles. They are awarded to recognize the outstanding efforts of the agency’s scientists and technical staff. Biometrician Matthew Butler received the 2017 Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment, which recognizes scientific excellence through the rigorous practice of science applied to a conservation problem. He received the award for his work for whooping cranes and lesser prairie-chickens, helping ensure that the most appropriate, best available, high-quality scientific and scholarly information is available to advance stewardship for these species. Butler led the development of an improved and peer-reviewed survey protocol for whooping cranes. He also conducted a population viability analysis, determined that juvenile recruitment most His contributions are steering management toward habitat protection along the Texas Gulf Coast and refocusing research toward understanding the declines of whooping crane recruitment on breeding areas in Canada. For lesser prairie-chickens, Butler led a team that developed aerial survey techniques that have provided population estimates, new lek locations and areas to target [...]

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