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RWBJV Has New Habitat Specialist

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture has named Ele Nugent of Grand Island as the partnership’s new Habitat Specialist. Nugent will assist the Joint Venture in planning and coordinating the restoration and management of wetlands throughout the Rainwater Basin region. She will also work with Rainwater Basin landowners and agriculture producers who are interested in learning about the Joint Venture’s conservation programs, including the Working Landscapes initiative for grazing wetlands.

Prior to assuming the position of Habitat Specialist, Nugent worked in the RWBJV’s science office where, among other projects, she led a region-wide assessment of changes over the past twelve years in waterfowl and shorebird habitat.

Nugent earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Michigan State University. At Oklahoma State University, where she earned a master’s degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management, her research focused on avian response to wetland habitat restored through NRCS’s Wetlands Reserve Program.

RWBJV coordinator Andy Bishop noted that Nugent has experience in not only assessing landscapes but also in implementing conservation measures. “Ele’s background has allowed her to hit the ground running; she is already working with public land managers and private lands biologists to implement wetland management and control invasive species,” he said.

Nugent can be reached at 308-382-8112 or 308-379-9835, or by e-mail at eleanor_nugent@fws.gov.