Texas Resident Receives High Honors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
Vernon Bevill of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
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Vernon Bevill of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department was honored with the highly coveted Henry S. Mosby Award at the National Wild Turkey Federation's 31st annual Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., held Feb. 23 to Feb. 25.
Bevill, a resident of Buda, Texas, serves as the director of the Small Game and Habitat Assessment Program TPWD, where he oversees the management and conservation of all upland and migratory game birds in Texas. He also supervises the review of a multitude of projects that affect the state's wildlife resources and associated ecosystems. In addition, he oversees the coordination of activities with local, state and federal agencies, private landowners, corporations, development planners and consultants.
"Vernon was a leader in turkey conservation in South Carolina before there was a national effort to do so," said Dr. James Earl Kennamer, NWTF senior vice president of conservation programs. "If it wasn't for Vernon and others like him the NWTF wouldn't be the organization that it is today."
Bevill, a biologist, was the project leader for wild turkey restoration in South Carolina, and played a key role in the trapping and relocating of wild turkeys throughout the state in the 1970s. His efforts set the standards needed to develop wild turkey restoration programs throughout North America.
During its early days, Bevill was instrumental in developing the NWTF and relocating it from Fredericksburg, Va. to Edgefield, S.C. He was a member of the first NWTF Advisory Board in 1973 and the first NWTF Technical Committee in 1975, and helped launch the NWTF as a leader in wild turkey research and management.
"When I'm up on that stage I'm thinking about all of the people that have helped me along the way and who are just as deserving of a portion of this as I am," said Bevill. "So a small part of this is mine, but a much larger part of it is all those who have worked with me and been a part of my career and helped make me a little smarter because of their presence in my life."
The Mosby Award is named for Dr. Henry S. Mosby, whose research with wild turkeys in the late 1930s and early `40s set the standard for their management. He also helped found The Wildlife Society and was the winner of its highest honor - the Aldo Leopold Medal.