NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bobby Bond, senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is a dedicated conservationist whose studies and research helped bring on better understanding of wild turkey population management.
In recognition of Bond’s dedication to wild turkey research and management, he received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year Award at the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.
“I am shocked, humbled and honored. I would not even be considered for this award if it weren’t for Ronald Simpson, the biologist who began some of the research and surveys that I carry out today,” Bond said.
The Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year Award is named in honor of a former Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife chief for his leadership and the vital role he played in improving wildlife management. Kurz also was a principal figure in wild turkey trap-and-transfer programs across North America.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Bond coordinates two wild turkey surveys each year – a poult survey to determine reproduction and a hunter survey to estimate current turkey numbers and determine success rates – in an effort to help the state agency best manage its turkey population. Bond’s efforts support the theory that reproduction declines are a result of population density.
“Like Joe Kurz and all previous award winners, Bobby is fighting hard to protect the wild turkey and its habitat,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “We are proud to present him with this award as his insights have helped direct research and management efforts throughout much of the South.”
Bond also oversees and takes an active role in the habitat management of six wildlife management areas in central Georgia, working tirelessly to improve these areas for wildlife and hunters.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF 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 or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 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, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.