Congratulations to our 2013 Wetland Warrior: Professor Terry Higgins!
Terry Higgins is a Professor Emeritus of Wesley College where he served in the science department for 40 years mentoring and educating over 8,000 students. Outside of the classroom he actively worked with the school’s Environmental Advocacy Club, known as Team Cannon, to monitor riparian wetlands at Brecknock Park. When he retired from Wesley in 2000, Prof. Higgins was not ready to stop spreading the good word about wetlands.
For the past decade he has worked as the Kent County Volunteer Coordinator for the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Adopt-A-Wetland program. There he passed on his knowledge, passion, and commitment to the cause of wetland conservation to diverse audiences in countless venues. Thanks to his initiative and mentoring, numerous groups in central Delaware have become informed and engaged wetland caretakers. Not only did Prof. Higgins encourage others to restore and protect wetlands, but with his family recently preserved a 10-acre forested wetland site in the Choptank River watershed.
Professor Terry Higgins with family after the award cermony at the Delaware State Fair.
Prof. Higgins receiving his award with Governor Jack Markell
Past recipients have included:
Clif Bakhsh- July 2012 An active volunteer with the Delaware Ducks Unlimited Appoquinimink Chapter for more than 25 years and has served in numerous local and national roles. Currently, he sits on the Ducks Unlimited National Youth and Education Committee. Through their generous donations and fundraising for Delaware Ducks Unlimited through the years, Clif and his wife Sue have made conservation a family effort.
David Carter, DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs - July 2012 As a biologist and program manager for more than 25 years he has dedicated his career to innovative planning and funding tools to improve the management and protection of wetlands in the state. He has also provided support to outreach and education initiatives including Thank You Delaware Bay. As an active hunter and member of Ducks Unlimited, he has created wetland habitat on his 40-acre farm as a demonstration site for others.
Wayne Lehman, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife - July 2011 Since 1992, Lehman has led projects that created 170 acres of shallow water wetland areas distributed throughout several wildlife management areas under his supervision. These wetlands provide critical habitat to a variety of wetland wildlife species many of which are listed as species of conservation concern
Mark and Charles Workman - July 2011 The Workman brothers are fourth generation Sussex County farmers who operate almost 3,000 acres of cropland, with corn, soybeans and wheat as their primary crops. In 2010, they restored 26 acres of forested wetlands on their farm near Georgetown through the USDA’s Wetland Reserve Program (WRP).
Peter Martin, Delaware Wildlands Inc. - July 2010 Pete served as interim director of Delaware Wild Lands Inc., a non-profit charitable
corporation dedicated to purchasing lands for preservation, management, and protection in
Al Rizzo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - July 2009 Al Rizzo restored thousands of acres of degraded wetlands and former wetlands, educated the public on the value of wetlands and trained other scientists on innovative techniques.
Indian River School District, Outdoor Education Center - July 2008 Indian River School District Outdoor Education Center at Ingram Pond improved the future for protection of wetlands in Delaware by education thousands of students annually on the values of wetlands while performing hands-on monitoring for water quality, studying wildlife interactions and exploring ecosystem dynamics.