Malheur Refuge’s new Restoration Coordinator, Jess Wenick, has a long history with wildlife conservation in Harney County.
In my waning days at Malheur NWR, I got to spend a few hours in an airboat on Malheur Lake. I saw an abundance of marshbirds, white-faced ibis attempting to nest on Russian thistle (tumbleweed), clear water, and, as a silver lining of the recent severe drought, new emergent plant growth. Restoration progress!
After an almost 40-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Malheur Refuge Project Leader Jeff Mackay is retiring on May 31, 2023.