Here is the latest news and updates from the Washington Brant Foundation.

Sunday
Nov092014

Washington Brant Foundation 2014 Scholarship Winners

The Washington Brant Foundation awarded two $1,000 and one $500 scholarship to college students pursuing a career in wildlife management, with emphasis on waterfowl. The awards are in memory of late memebers Gary Fisher and David Hagerbaumer, both distinguished veterans with a long history of selfless mentoring and promoting waterfowl conservation. We are extremely proud of these outstanding winners and consider them very important to the future of waterfowl.

 

Hannah Clipp -   $1,000 Scholarship

 

Hannah developed a self taught interest in wildlife and habitat while growing up near the famous Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. She is a most impressive student with a 4.0 GPA as a junior at West Virginia University. After just 2 years she has enough credits to be considered a senior in the Wildlife and Fisheries Program, rated in the top 1% of students by her professor. Hannah is very active in several wildlife oriented organizations and is working as primary data collector on a wetland restoration project for the university’s Environmental Research Center. Her goals include a PHD at grad school leading to a career as a wildlife biologist.

 

Message from Hannah:

Thank you so much for selecting me to receive this scholarship in honor of Mr. Gary Fisher! I was honored to learn that I was a recipient.

I plan to use the money to help fund my way through college. I am currently a junior at West Virginia University, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources. Once I graduate, I plan to go on to graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in wildlife biology/conservation. Eventually, my professional aspiration is to become a TWS-certified wildlife biologist and work for a federal natural resources agency, ideally conducting research pertaining to waterfowl and wetlands. I truly appreciate the scholarship from the WA Brant Foundation, which makes college more affordable and my goals more attainable.
 
Best regards,
Hannah Clipp

 

Scott Capra – $1,000 Scholarship

  

Scott is in his second year at Humboldt State University with a 3.86 GPA. He is active in their California Waterfowl Assn club and assisting with a feeding ecology study. He has worked as a technician for both Idaho Fish & Game and at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge doing surveys, banding, and nest searching. His intent is a career as a waterfowl biologist that encourages wetland conservation, mentors others, and leaves an ethical legacy.

Message from Scott:

I am enthused to hear that the committee selected me for the David Hagerbaumer scholarship! The monetary award will be put to good use. I will be using it to cover a portion of the upcoming semester's tuition and books. I attached a photo of myself to this email. It was taken this week on our WMA in North Idaho while we were banding bait trapped Mallards and Wood Ducks. I really appreciate what your organization does for conservation and the opportunities that it offers for students. 

Thank you,
Scott Capra

 

Cody Deane - $500 Scholarship

  

Cody is much farther along in his education, already having a B.S. degree in Economics with a Wildlife Ecology minor from UNR, and currently a grad student at Montana State University with a 4.0 GPA. His thesis study  on Lesser Scaup is being conducted at Red Rock Lakes NWR. His impressive credentials include projects on Brant in Alaska and Mexico, Swainson’s Hawks in CA, Sandhill Cranes in Nevada, research tech at Ruby Lake NWR and for DU in S.Dakota. His peers are extremely complimentary about his level of skill, professionalism, and responsibility.

Messgae from Cody:

WBF,Thank you for your advocacy, I am grateful for the inclusion of myself as a recipient. At this point in time, I will probably use the money to attend the Graybill Ecological Modeling Conference at Ft. Collins in September if that is an acceptable use of the funds.

Sincerely,

Cody
Wednesday
Sep172014

2015 Contest and Rule Details

The 2015 rules and contest details and now available.

We've made some interesting changes to the rules and available contests this year.  In some cases we've eliminated some rules to allow more flexibility and creativity from the carver. For the working class decoys, we're also adding some strict distance for judging requirements in an effort to embrace and support the roots of the working decoy.

There are also a few differnet contests being offered this year so be sure to check out the details.

You can visit the Contest Details Page here.

Friday
May022014

Sneak Peak at the Feature Specie Class

Pictured below are three early entries for 2014. Each year we have a Feature Specie Class that attracts spectacular birds from some of the best carvers all across the U.S. This is the year of the Harlequin, considered by many one of the most beautiful and seldom seen waterfowl.  

As our tradition, the first to come forward to sponsor this year’s Harlequin class, will end up owning the “Feature Champion”.

 

Friday
May022014

2014 Puget Sound Open Flyer

 

Thursday
May012014

Gary Fisher and David Hagerbaumer 2014 Scholarships

WBF is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to college students pursuing a career in wildlife management, with an emphasis on waterfowl. This is a special promotion in memory of late members Gary Fisher and David Hagerbaumer. Both were distinguished veterans with a long history of selfless mentoring and promoting waterfowl conservation. Applications due June 30, 2014. Details can be found in the education – scholarship section of our website.