DNR's Barbara Avers honored with Ducks Unlimited Conservation Partner of the Year Award

Contact: Holly Vaughn, 313-396-6863
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec. 19, 2018

Department of Natural Resources waterfowl and wetlands specialist Barbara Avers recently received the first-ever Michigan Ducks Unlimited Conservation Partner of the Year Award.

This award was given on behalf of all the members and volunteers of Michigan Ducks Unlimited for Avers’ long-time work on wetland habitat and conservation throughout the state and in the Mississippi Flyway. Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Dane Cramer nominated her for the award because of her dedication to wetlands and waterfowl.

“We are fortunate to have Barb here in Michigan, and she puts her passion for waterfowl and wetlands on display every day in the name of conservation,” said Cramer. “Barb has played some role in the majority of our projects for nearly 20 years and is one of the biggest reasons the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is our largest conservation partner in the state.”

Avers was surprised and pleased to receive the award.

"What an honor to be given the very first Conservation Partner of the Year Award,” said Avers. “I’m so proud of the tens of thousands of acres of waterfowl and wetland habitat that have been protected and restored through our partnerships with DU, and that will be there for generations to enjoy.  It truly is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.”   

DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason applauded Avers’ dedication.

“We are tremendously proud of Barb and her hard work,” Mason said. “Barb is a consummate professional, who works tirelessly on behalf of the conservation of Michigan’s wetlands and waterfowl.”

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Avers award: Pictured, left to right: Ducks Unlimited volunteer public policy chair Steve Wyckoff, DNR waterfowl and wetlands specialist Barbara Avers and Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Dane Cramer.