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U of M, Crookston Alumnus Nate Emery, ’06, Wins Best Paper Award at annual meeting of North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society
February 4, 2008

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, head, Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8129 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (February 4, 2008) – Nate Emery, a 2006 graduate of the U of M,
Nate Emery is a 2006 graduate of the U of M, Crookston
Nate Emery is a 2006 graduate of the U of M, Crookston
Crookston, was the winner of the best presentation award for a student paper at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society held recently in Grand Forks, N.D. Emery is currently a graduate student in the biology department at the University of North Dakota (UND).

The title of Emery’s paper was Spring and Summer Reproductive Ecology of Female Greater Prairie Chickens in Northwestern Minnesota and Updates on Translocation to Wisconsin. Co-authors were Daniel Svedarsky, Ph.D., of the U of M, Crookston; Ashly Steinke, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and Brett Goodwin, Ph.D., of the University of North Dakota. Svedarsky and Goodwin are Emery’s graduate advisors.

Emery’s study is being carried out in Northwest Minnesota and involves trapping female greater prairie chicken in the spring or summer and attaching radios in order to follow their movements during the nesting and brood-rearing season. At the end of the summer, a sample of the birds are trapped at night and transported to Wisconsin to supplement the genetic variety of their birds which have become somewhat isolated.

The study is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through the Northwest Research and Outreach Center of the University of Minnesota located at Crookston where Svedarsky is a research biologist. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy, and a number of private landowners in the study area have provided assistance with the project. Emery will continue the study for 2 additional seasons and use the data as the basis for a master’s degree.

This award was based on content presented, presentation techniques, and audience appeal and is the latest in a list of awards received by Emery. While a student at the Crookston campus, he was a football co-captain and received; the Pankratz Conservation Award, the Student Wildlife Conservationist Award (the top student award presented by the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society) and the Man of the Year Award (an all-campus award).

“We are indeed proud of this latest recognition for Nate.” says Svedarsky. “This is a nice recognition of his research and communication achievements. Additionally, he has involved undergraduate students in his field work which is important mentoring for them as well.”

For more information, contact Svedarsky at 218-281-8129 (

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