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White River National Forest ranger recognized at conference

Special to the DailyWhite River National Forest employee Kim Potter was honored at the 2013 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards ceremony for her outstanding work in the field of bird conservation. Potter, from the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest, and Jason Beason of Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, accepted the award on behalf of their group.

Special to the DailyWhite River National Forest employee Kim Potter was honored at the 2013 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards ceremony for her outstanding work in the field of bird conservation. Potter, from the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest, and Jason Beason of Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, accepted the award on behalf of their group.

Kim Potter, a ranger with the White River National Forest, was honored recently for her work in the field of bird conservation at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.

Potter is a member of the Black Swift Migration and Wintering Grounds Investigation, a group from Colorado recognized with the Research and Partnership Award at the conference in Washington D.C. for its study of the rare bird.

The group recently used a “bird-backpack” – a lace fitting around the swift’s wings and body – to track its wintering habits. They discovered the species travels more than 4,000 miles from Colorado in the winter to a remote rainforest location in western Brazil.

Potter, of the Rifle Ranger District, and Jason Beason, of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, accepted the award on behalf of their group.