Doug Wynn, a world-renowned snake researcher who has spent years learning about these secretive animals, was recently presented with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Cardinal Award for conservation.

Wynn, of Russels Point, has turned a lifelong love of snakes and other reptiles into important research for these native Ohio species. He has participated in more than 250 research projects dealing with snake conservation in Ohio, and authored 13 publications. Wynn also spent many years as a science teacher in the Westerville School District, particularly at Westerville North High School, sharing his love of nature with his students. Wynn works closely with the Ohio Biological Survey, where he serves on the advisory council. He also received the Division of Wildlife’s, Wildlife Diversity Conservationist Award in 2011.

“Doug has worked tirelessly through the years in the areas of research, conservation, and education about Ohio’s snakes,” said Division of Wildlife Executive Administrator Brian Banbury, who nominated Wynn for the Cardinal Award. “His lifelong dedication to educating others speaks to his commitment to conservation now and into the future.”

The ODNR Cardinal Award honors individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional awareness and concern for ideals reflected in the department’s mission statement. Since 1971, past winners of the Cardinal Award have included volunteers, outdoor writers, educators, businesses, naturalists, farmers, biologists, and outdoor sporting organizations.

Source: ODNR; Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

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