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Member Spotlight – John Goodell


Present Position: Owner/Principle Northwest Avian Resources

Former Positions: Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum 2012-2016; Wildlife Scientist, Intermountain Aquatics 2006-2011; Field Biologist, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Non-game Avian Program 1996-2005.
TWS Involvement: Past Board member, Lead (Pb) & Wildlife Workshops; Legislative and Conservation Committees, ORTWS liaison to Oregon Conservation Fund/Task Force.
Interest: While numerous conservation challenges are important to our professional community, conservation funding is unquestionable the overarching priority. Securing broad-based, sustainable funding not only supports the priorities of the Oregon Conservation Strategy but will address unforeseen challenges. No other topic has more implications to our professional landscape.
My other interests include avian ecology, raptor lead (Pb) science, habitat restoration, sagebrush-steppe ecology and natural history interpretation and exhibits.

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2017 Board Election Results!!

Welcome our new officers and board members for 2017!


Laura Tesler – President Elect

Wendy Wente – Vice-president Elect

Summer Peterman – Treasurer

Board Members:

Leland Brown

Daphne Swope

Meghan Martin

DeWaine Jackson

To get the details on all board members visit our Officers and Board page!

Member Spotlight – Leland Brown

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Education: B.S., Environmental Biology, Plymouth State University

Present Position: Non-lead Hunting Education Coordinator, Oregon Zoo 2015-present

Past Experience: Predator Biologist- San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program, Institute for Wildlife Studies 2007-2010; Program Manager- Feral Pig Removal, Institute for Wildlife Studies 2010-2012; Non-lead Outreach Coordinator- Institute for Wildlife Studies 2010-2012; Wildlife Management Technician- Hawaii Natural Area Reserve System 2012-2015.

TWS Involvement: Assisted in hosting first non-lead ammunition demonstration in July 2015, set up and hosted Non-lead Ammunition Workshop November 2015, presentations at 2016 OR TWS conference.

Interests: I grew up running around the woods and mountains of northern NH. My interests personally and professionally still reflect that history. Professionally, I am interested in maintaining healthy, intact ecosystems and wildlife populations. This includes addressing human dimensions of conservation, including sustainable use, environmental contamination, and invasive species management. We are in a crucial time to develop sustainable funding sources for wildlife conservation that requires engaging diverse stakeholders. I spend my free time hiking, climbing, hunting, camping, and generally trying to get lost in the woods with my dogs and wife.

Member Spotlight – DeWaine Jackson

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Education:      B.S. at Iowa State University (1976) – Fisheries and Wildlife Biology; M.S.    Michigan State University (1979) – Thesis on Mallard Breeding Ecology;  Ph.D.  Colorado State University (1984) – Dissertation on Ecology of Bobcats in Colorado

Present Position: Wildlife Research Supervisor – West Region Research – ODFW.  Primary responsibilities include conducting management related research on wildlife species of concern to ODFW and leading a team of wildlife researchers to accomplish project goals.  Current Research projects include Black-tailed deer ecology in western Oregon, utilization of fecal DNA to obtain population estimates for black-tailed deer, mortality characteristics of black bear in Oregon (manuscript preparation), migration & habitat use of mule deer in south-central Oregon (data analysis), survival and movement of Cascades black-tailed deer – OSU cooperative, survival and movement of south-central mule deer – OSU cooperative, and Black-tailed Deer: Estimates of Abundance, Distribution, Habitat Selection and Forest Impacts – OSU Cooperative

Former Positions: Contract Biologist – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (1983-84);  Forest Wildlife Research Biologist – Iowa Department of Natural Resources (1984-94); Wildlife Projects Leader – ODFW 1994 -96. Worked on numerous species, including Coyotes, Mallards, Mourning Doves, bobcats, eastern white-tailed deer, wild turkey, Ruffed Grouse, beaver, cougar, black bear, elk , Columbian white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer.      

TWS: Member for over thirty years

Interests: Professional Defining impacts of predation on ungulate population dynamics and  developing wildlife management practices based on data from appropriate spatial and temporal scales.