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On Mon. May 12 the U.S. Forest Service presented Paul McKenzie with the national 2014 "Wings across the Americas" "For Outstanding Achievement in Conservation- Dragonfly Conservation Award for his work with the FS involving a FS/Iron Co. project that was going to impact the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly at the FS' Barton Fen.  Other FS biologists and FS partners were also recognized. This was the first time this award has been given for dragonfly conservation.

Then from the Fish and Wildlife website, announcing Paulís award as a national Endangered Species Recovery Champion, one of two recipients for Region 3:

> Combining knowledge and experience, Dr. Paul McKenzie has conserved a range of listed species for 25 years. Acting to protect endangered gray bats and Indiana bats during hibernation, he worked with partners to replace a chain link fence with a gate at the entrance to Bat Cave in Shannon County, Missouri.  Dr. McKenzie prepared an environmental assessment and obtained funds to build the 64-foot wide and 20-foot tall gate to exclude trespassers and prevent the risk of introducing white-nose syndrome, a fungus that is devastating populations of insect-eating bats.
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> With fellow-scientists at the Missouri Department of Conservation Dr. McKenzie developed the State Action Plan for the Topeka shiner, a strategy that prevented the need to designate critical habitat, addressed the concerns of landowners, and facilitated the reintroduction of 3500 of the fish in Little Creek Watershed and Big Muddy Creek.  Author and co-author, Dr. McKenzie is recognized for his expertise in pollination, propagation, and reintroduction techniques for plants such as Meadís milkweed, eastern prairie-fringed orchid, and Virginia sneezeweed.

http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-champions/index.html

Dr. McKenzie is an ASM member, and a member of the Missouri Bird Record Committee.  Thanks, Paul, for service to us and to the larger community of conservationists. Congratulations!

June Newman

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