Wisconsin Wetlands Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Becky Abel as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Abel comes to the Wisconsin Wetlands Association from The Nature Conservancy where she worked for the past seven years with the state chapter and most recently as Conservation Planner for the International Migratory Bird Program. Ms. Abel’s strong background in conservation planning, ecological field-work, coalition building, and program outreach were deciding factors in selecting her as the new Executive Director. With a Master’s of Science in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ms. Abel has strong roots in Wisconsin’s conservation community.
As a graduate student, Ms. Abel focused on Trumpeter Swan re-introduction – a project that gave her a special appreciation for the state’s wetlands. “For months I spent eight to ten hours a day in a floating blind rearing swans,” said Ms. Abel.“Spending that much time, day after day, in the same wetland was remarkable. I was able to observe the subtle activities of the natural community that the casual observer might miss. That experience, more than any other, impressed upon me the value and importance of preserving Wisconsin’s wetlands,” she concluded.
Ms. Abel’s broad career experience includes work with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, National Audubon Society, and international projects, in addition to her work with The Nature Conservancy. Coordinating federal, state, and local landowner partnerships taught her to focus on identifying and working toward common conservation goals.“Planning for the long term conservation of jewels such as the Chequamegon Bay watershed and the Military Ridge Prairies really showed me how much people care about their special, local places. These valuable resources really belong to the whole community so it’s important that the whole community work to preserve them.”