DNR hires new waterfowl manager
After a full waterfowl season without a specific biologist in charge of waterfowl, DNR announced today that Randy Smith, of Havana, is the new Wetland Program Manager in the Division of Wildlife Resources.
He replaces longtime waterfowl manager Ray Marshalla, who retired last spring.
“Management of the state’s wetland wildlife program is critically important to the Department’s efforts to protect waterfowl habitat and improve public migratory waterfowl areas within the state,” DNR Director Marc Miller said.
“Randy brings a wealth of experience to the job and we’re delighted to welcome him to our team.”
Smith has been with the Illinois Natural History Survey, where he served as a waterfowl scientist at the INHS Forbes Biological Station in Havana. A native of northern Wisconsin, Smith was graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he majored in wildlife and biology, and earned a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he studied waterfowl habitat rehabilitation and spring migration ecology.