CASPER, Wyo. — On Monday, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced the selection of a new statewide nongame bird biologist.
Zach Wallace will join Game and Fish after serving as the biometrician for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database at the University of Wyoming. His new role will involve guiding Game and Fish conservation and research strategies for nongame bird species.
“We are looking forward to having Zach take the reins of the Game and Fish’s nongame bird program,” Zack Walker, Game and Fish nongame wildlife supervisor, said. “His previous experience working with a variety of bird species within Wyoming has provided him with a solid foundation to guide monitoring and management of nongame avian species.”
Wallace has a master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University. His research at OSU focused on nesting ecology of ferruginous hawks and golden eagles in Wyoming. The graduate research he conducted was done in close collaboration with Game and Fish, the agency said.
“I’m excited to return to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to help make a difference for nongame birds and their habitats in the state,” Wallace said. “With over 400 species of birds in the state, of which 80 are considered Species of Greatest Conservation Need, moving the needle on conservation for Wyoming’s birds requires that we collaborate widely and make the most of the information we have. I’m looking forward to continuing the excellent work of the Nongame Bird Program at finding solutions for bird management that are science-based and make sense for Wyoming.”