The past few weeks have been busy for John Cornely, our executive director. On behalf of TTSS, he has attended the Atlantic Pacific Flyway Technical Section meetings and will attend parts of all four Flyway Council Meetings and the National Flyway Council next week. These meetings run in conjunction with the Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. They provide excellent opportunities for TTSS to network with management officials and to share our science-based expertise. John recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with 34 years of federal service. Twenty-eight of these years gave him direct experience with wetland and migratory bird management and administration.
Spectacular Malheur National Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/malheur/ in eastern Oregon was John’s assignment for several years and the place in which he got to know Trumpeters, starting in 1978. John was Refuge Biologist there and has been involved with Trumpeter Swan ecology and management ever since. From his career, and through his wide network of professional connections, John brings TTSS a continent-wide perspective and a deep knowledge of programs, places and issues. He plays a key role in helping us develop partnerships with diverse groups, such as Partners in Flight, Ducks Unlimited and numerous state, provincial and tribal agencies.
John has published more than 40 journal and symposia articles and serves as reviewer for several scientific publications. A personal project he enjoys is an effort to record oral histories of influential people in the history of waterfowl management. He enjoys conducting interviews and comparing notes with lifelong biologists responsible for the content and tone of the North American Waterfowl Plan http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/NAWMP/index.shtm, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with emphasis on the Migratory Bird Program and National Wildlife Refuges.
John served on Board of Directors for TTSS prior to taking the helm as Executive Director. He currently also serves on the 14-member board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association http://www.refugenet.org/ in addition to work with TTSS.