The next day had the group out to the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area, where many migrating birds were stopping over to rest and refuel on their northward travels. Idaho Fish and Game, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service–Idaho Office presented on numerous collaborative efforts happening across the region and rest of the state. Attendees got to explore the area’s wetlands, enjoy conversations not over Zoom, and watch cinnamon teal, snow and Canada geese, coots, mallards, and other birds scoot across the various ponds.
This meeting also provided an opportunity to pause and celebrate conservation success stories and the people who make them happen. On Wednesday night, the IWJV presented Miles Moretti with the illustrious John E. Nagel Award (for 2021) and also recognized Kevin Conroy and Jay Gibbs with the 2021 Conservation Partner Award.
“Miles, Jay and Kevin represent some of the finest friends and most dedicated conservation professionals you can find,” said Dave Smith, IWJV Coordinator. “We are so pleased to present these awards to these incredible people. The IWJV’s work is dedicated to wetland/working wet meadow and sagebrush habitat conservation due in large part to their valuable guidance and support. We can’t say thanks enough!”
The IWJV also orchestrated a surprise recognition with the local Bureau of Land Management staff to present one of our shared positions, Connor White, with a thank-you photograph for his contributions to the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-grouse Habitat Project. Learn more about this colossal effort here.