The Scott Melvin Memorial Fund
Scott Melvin: A Leader in Piping Plover Conservation
Scott Melvin, former Senior Zoologist with the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, was an internationally recognized leader in Piping Plover conservation. For over 30 years, Scott led the Commonwealth’s efforts to protect Piping Plovers. This task wasn’t always easy— especially in the early years when there was little familiarity with the protection measures called for in the Guidelines. Through a combination of pragmatism, good humor, technical expertise, and perseverance, Scott was often able to find common ground with those of opposing views and win their respect for his unwavering commitment to conservation. Scott also mentored many biologists entering the field, and recognized that working with beach-nesting birds provided an important real world learning opportunity to train the next generation of practical- minded natural resource managers. Scott passed away prematurely in 2014. MassWildlife is working with the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation to establish the Scott Melvin Memorial Fund to honor Scott’s memory and his enduring contributions to wildlife conservation.
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