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Hudson Named Wildlife Biologist of the Year
November 19, 2009
Keith Hudson of Florence has been named Wildlife Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Hudson, an employee of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is currently the North Alabama Nongame Wildlife Program Coordinator for the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF).
SEAFWA presents the Wildlife Biologist of the Year award to a single person from the 17 member agencies at its annual meeting. It is the organization’s most prestigious wildlife award.
Hudson earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Wildlife Management from Auburn University, and began his wildlife career in 1980 as part of the non-tenure faculty at Auburn. Hudson began his career with WFF in 1985 as the Lauderdale WMA wildlife biologist. In 1991, Hudson shifted job duties to become part of the WFF Nongame Wildlife Program as wildlife biologist for north Alabama, a position he currently holds.
Hudson has built an impressive resume during his tenure with WFF. His accomplishments include participation in the successful restoration efforts of both bald eagle and wild turkey populations in Alabama. Hudson established the first statewide on-going comprehensive survey of the state’s bat population, and is now considered a regional authority on the subject. Hudson is also a Master Hunter Education Instructor, having graduated more than 1000 students from the WFF hunter education program.
According to WFF Director Corky Pugh, Hudson’s wealth of knowledge and experience is an asset to the division. “Keith’s willingness to embrace new challenges and his vision for advancing new ideas has produced an exemplary body of work during his time with the division,” Pugh said. “Keith has spent a lifetime in true service to the resources of Alabama and its citizens.”
Hudson has shared his extensive wildlife knowledge with the public by publishing more than 100 articles on conservation for popular media. He has also published nine articles in scientific and technical journals including the Journal of Mammalogy and Journal of Wildlife Disease.
In addition to his work with the WFF, Hudson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of North Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.