Group Achievement Award

Recognizes an organization’s outstanding achievement that is consistent with and/or assists in advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society

Joe Konwinski, MIC Treasurer, Bob Taylor, MIC President, and presenter Joe Kosack
Pictured from left to right is Joe Konwinski, MIC Treasurer, Bob Taylor, MIC President, and presenter Joe Kosack from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Since 1985, MIC has been a consistent and stalwart supporter of wildlife conservation programs in Michigan.  The MIC goals are to support wildlife research programs and conservation education and by all accounts they have exceeded these goals for nearly 30 years.  The original partnership between MIC and MDNR began in 1985 when MIC provided financial and logistics support for the reintroduction of moose into the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan; a success story that continues to resonate with Michigan conservationists.  Over the past 15 years MIC has provided over $750,000 in direct financial support for many high-profile Division research projects including predator/prey dynamics in the Upper Peninsula, black bear landscape genetics, moose survival and habitat use, development of sightability models for large ungulate surveys, and wolf movement patterns and kill rates, just to name a few,  Support for these research projects has always been predicated by MIC’s commitment to help contribute to science-based decision making for managing Michigan’s natural resources.

In addition to research support, MIC administers a graduate student grant awards program that has helped support scores of young wildlife professionals meet their goals of higher education.  Each year, from 3-7 graduate students receive financial awards to assist in their graduate programs.

Editor’s Note:  The Michigan Involvement Committee was the recipient of a major award at The Wildlife Society’s annual banquet in Pennsylvania.  President Bob Taylor and Treasurer Joe Konwinski accepted the award for MIC.  Several members of the MDNR were also in attendance including MIC liaison Dr. Pat Lederle.   The following is reprinted from The Wildlife Society’s Award Program