John Loegering, who teaches in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, recently received the Jim McDonough Award from The Wildlife Society.
McDonough was a longtime Massachusetts wildlife biologist and one of The Wildlife Society’s founding fathers who died in 2008. The award in his name “recognizes a certified wildlife biologist who is a member of The Wildlife Society who has made, or is making, a significant contribution to the wildlife profession by being an active member/participant of TWS, especially at local levels,” according to a news release from UMC.
Loegering, an associate professor and wildlife specialist at UMC, guided the formation of the school’s Wildlife Society student chapter and has been advisor for the past 15 years. He also has been active in The Wildlife Society at both the state and national levels and was the faculty co-chair for the 2015 North Central Conclave of The Wildlife Society.
“John Loegering is a great example of a certified wildlife biologist and is very deserving of the Jim McDonough Award,” John Moriarty, senior manager of wildlife at Three Rivers Park District in Plymouth, Minn., and winner of the 2010 Jim McDonough Award, said in the UMC news release. “He is a credit to the essence of the award. While he has done a lot of upfront TWS leadership activities, John has also logged hundreds of hours in the background making good things happen for the wildlife resource and for people.”
Loegering regularly presents programs on wildlife and conservation to local civic and scout groups in the Crookston area. He has developed wildlife components for the Minnesota Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs and developed the Nature Northwest and Red Lake River Corridor Enhancement programs that highlighted wildlife-related tourism in northwest Minnesota.
For more than a decade, he also has been the webmaster for both the Minnesota Chapter and the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society.