Kathleen Tadvick, regional education coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has earned recognition for her contributions to hunter outreach efforts.
Tadvick, who works out of the Northwest Region office in Grand Junction, received the John H. White Memorial Membership Award for 2013. Tadvick was honored for her efforts at leading 1,800 novice hunters on what was for many of them was their first experiences in the field.
“It was a big surprise and I am very honored,” Tadvick said. “I enjoy what I do, and I sincerely appreciate the recognition for all we have accomplished through our hunter outreach program.”
The program introduces novice hunters of all ages to the ethics and traditions of hunting through workshops, clinics, seminars and guided hunts. Since becoming education coordinator in 2008, Tadvick as led a total of 1,800 participants on a variety of hunts for big game, turkeys, pheasants and waterfowl.
“Many people want to learn and participate, but have not gone out on their own because they have lacked mentorship,” Tadvick said. “It is very satisfying to offer participants hands-on guidance, which is one of the most important things a novice needs to enjoy a lifetime of hunting and fishing, then see them go out and be successful on their own.”
Dean Riggs, deputy manager for the Northwest Region, said Tadvick’s duties require hard wok and long days. “Her contributions not only include teaching about hunting, fishing, archery and the safe use of firearms, she also spends long hours preparing and organizing each program, including feeding participants as a camp cook. She is a true asset to the agency and deserves the recognition.”
The award honors the memory of John H. White, one of the first members of the Black Canyon Wing & Clay Club in Delta, and his strong desire to pass along the ethics and traditions of upland bird hunting. The White family created the award to honor his legacy by honoring individuals who introduce novice hunters to the sport.
“I believe it is critical to continue to continue Colorado’s hunting and fishing traditions,” Tadvick said. “I want our future generations to have a wildlife resource they can enjoy, and I am proud to be a part of that.”