Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Warden honored for her contributions to waterfowl program

News Release Published: May 5, 2008 by the Southeast Region

Contact(s): Joe Jerich, Warden Supervisor (262) 884-2380

KENOSHA - Southeast Region Conservation Warden Jennifer Niemeyer is the 2008 recipient of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award.

Jenny Niemeyer
Jenny Niemeyer honored for her contributions to waterfowl program.
WDNR Photo

"Jennifer has developed a balanced waterfowl program by promoting waterfowl and dove hunting, wetland and waterway protection, and enforcement of waterfowl regulations," observed Chief Warden Randy J. Stark. "Her dedication and commitment to excellence have made the difference in implementing our strategic objectives and achieving our overall mission."

Niemeyer is a nine - year veteran of the DNR who successfully juggles duties as educator and enforcement officer. As a contributing writer for the Kenosha News, she has written extensively about dove hunting rules and promoted the DNR Violations Hotline. She works regularly with youth in waterfowling by participating in the Department's Hunter Education program and Greenwings program through her local Ducks Unlimited chapter.

As an enforcement officer, she has aggressively pursued violations of protected species shootings. With a beat that straddles the Illinois- Wisconsin border, she frequently works with her Illinois counterparts on interjurisdictional enforcement activities.

Niemeyer has partnered with wildlife and water regulations staff on a variety of projects. Her outreach efforts to neighbors bordering the Chiwaukee Prairie are credited with increasing awareness of the significance of protecting this valuable environmental corridor. And Niemeyer was instrumental in educating hundreds of lakefront property owners regarding shoreline regulations.

Niemeyer will receive the Wisconsin Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award at the 2008 Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Convention on Friday, May 9, at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. She will also receive a certificate and pin from the Mississippi Flyway Council Law Enforcement Committee in recognition of her contributions to the waterfowl program.