National recognition comes well-deserved for John W. Bowers, game management chief of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, who recently was recognized by The Wildlife Society (TWS) with the annual Special Recognition Service Award.
The TWS Special Recognition Service Award is intended to recognize and honor individuals or groups who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife conservation profession by making an outstanding contribution in the general areas of: wildlife conservation, management, or science; or a specific area or endeavor, species, community, ecosystem, region, etc.
“John Bower’s impact in Georgia and across the Southeast span his career to date and represent a body of work worthy of special recognition,” said WRD Assistant Director Mark Whitney. “His service to Georgia throughout his career has had a major impact on multiple areas of statewide wildlife-related policy and we look forward to his continued work with the agency.”
Some of Bowers work includes informing policy-makers about the impacts of legislation related to baiting, holding of wildlife in captivity and hunting of wildlife behind high fence. He has developed strong, positive relationships with a multitude of conservation groups and other stakeholders to influence policy on deer regulations, dog hunting and training regulations, falconry regulations and to develop statewide and urban deer plans. He has guided efforts to develop and improve statewide bear and alligator management plans and his research coordination is guiding efforts to answer questions important to the future management of deer, turkey, bear and waterfowl in Georgia. His expertise has been recognized and used by our neighboring states of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Bowers began his career at Wildlife Resources Division in 1996 as manager and wildlife biologist on Sapelo Island and currently serves as chief of the Game Management Section. He has a master’s degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University and lives in Conyers with his wife, Catherine, and their son and twin daughters.
The Wildlife Society represents and serves the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide. TWS members are active across the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as internationally.