Thursday, Feb. 16
WILDLIFE PROGRAMS AT FINLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Damien Miller is Project Leader for the Willamette Valley National Wildlife
Refuge Complex which includes responsibility for managing Ankeny, Baskett
Slough, and William L. Finley NWR, as well as the Partners for Fish and
Wildlife program in the Willamette Valley that works with private landowners
to conserve and restore habitat.
He will provide a general overview of the Refuge Complex and Partners
programís habitat conservation efforts around the Valley and more detail
about conservation and listed species recovery efforts on Corvallisís ďhomeĒ
refuge, the William L. Finley NWR. In his talk he will touch on conservation
efforts of Oak and Prairie Habitat, Streaked Horned Lark, Fenderís Blue Butterfly, Oregon Chub, and the
main purpose of the Refuge, which is to provide winter habitat and sanctuary for geese.
Damien received his Bachelorís Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin,
Stevens Point and his Masterís Degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
His experience includes serving as a wildlife biologist in Kansas, a bear biologist in Wyoming and then as
Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in CA and WY. He worked as a Project Manager
in a California-based consulting business before joining the USFWS in 2002 as the Kansas State Coordinator
for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. His USFWS career has taken him to Boise and Pocatello,
Idaho with the Ecological Services Division and then to Lakeview, Oregon as the Deputy Project Leader of
the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex prior to his current position here.