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02/15/2014

Georgia Professor Earns Award for Turkey Research



Michael J. Chamberlain, Ph.D.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Michael J. Chamberlain, Ph.D., of Athens, Ga., received the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Henry S. Mosby Award for his dedication to conservation.

Chamberlain accepted his award during the NWTF's 38th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.

"Training graduate students who go on to become professional biologists has been my greatest accomplishment because those students will guide policies and influence natural resource management for the next 50 years," Chamberlain said. "NWTF is a critical part of saving habitat and hunting, and has supported my research for two decades. I'm proud to win such a prestigious award from an organization I so respect."

The Mosby Award is named for Henry S. Mosby, Ph.D., whose research during the mid-1900s set the standard for wild turkey management. He also helped found The Wildlife Society and won its highest honor — the Aldo Leopold Medal.

The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization's new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Chamberlain, a professor at the University of Georgia, completed years of research that will help conserve wildlife and habitat.

Chamberlain is coordinating a study on the decline of turkeys in the Southeast, which is a first study of its kind in the nation. As an assistant professor at Louisiana State University, he taught and supervised students working on wild turkey projects. He received his doctorate at Mississippi State University and reviewed more than a decade of wild turkey predator research for his dissertation.

The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million new hunters and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

For more information about the Mosby Award or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at mswearingen@nwtf.net or (803) 637-7634.

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