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Feb. 22, 2012
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Boyd to be honored as Conservationist of the Year

Baldwin City, Kan. — Roger Boyd, director of natural areas and professor emeritus of biology at Baker University, will be honored as the Conservationist of the Year at the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s 2012 Conservation Achievement Program awards banquet on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Salina.

Boyd, a 1969 graduate of Baker University, will be recognized for his work at the Baker Wetlands, overseeing recycling efforts on the Baldwin City campus and teaching in the wildlife biology program.

“I’m honored and grateful to be chosen for this award,” Boyd said. “I have a deep appreciation for the mission of the Kansas Wildlife Federation. Being involved in various conservation efforts has been a valuable part of my professional life.”

Boyd, who taught at his alma mater for 29 years before retiring from full-time teaching and as department chair in 2005, has managed the Baker Wetlands since 1982. He taught wildlife management and wetland and prairie ecology along with eight other regular courses as a Baker professor. Boyd received a Master of Science degree from Emporia State and a doctorate from Colorado State.

“As a teacher, I always enjoy being able to show students how to prove something is right by going with the facts and being able to find out what is real,” said Boyd, who continued to teach on the Baldwin City campus through fall 2010.

His previous honors include Distinguished Faculty Award at Baker (1986), Distinguished Scholarship Award at Baker (1989), Environmental Educator of the Year (1990-91), the National Wetlands Conservation Award by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1993), the Water Conservationist of the Year by the Kansas Wildlife Federation (1998), and Exemplary Teaching Award, General Board of Higher Education and the Ministry of the United Methodist Church (2004-05).

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