Faculty & Staff Profile
LCMR project entitled Integrated Prairie Management with personnel from West Central Research and Outreach Center (Greg Cuomo), University of Minnesota, Morris (Margaret Kuthenreuther), Clay County Planning Commission (Tim Magnuson), and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Cindy Buttleman). The $350,000 project was funded by the Minnesota Legislature and commenced on July 1, 1999.
Initiated 3-year project in 2007 to radio-tag female greater prairie chickens in northwest Minnesota to study their reproductive ecology and then translocate birds to Wisconsin to supplement their populations.
Five-year cooperative prairie bird project with Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Jamestown, ND (Doug Johnson, Lead Cooperator) and the State University of New York at Syracuse (Maiken Winter and Terri Donovan). Project title: Assessment of Bird Conservation Areas and Their Effectiveness in Maintaining Successfully Reproducing Populations of Grassland Birds. This project was based in northwest Minnesota, and expanded to the Sheyenne National Grasslands of North Dakota in the summer of 1999.
Awards, Distinctions, and Honors
National Stewardship Award - The Nature Conservancy. 1981.
The Hamerstrom Award - Prairie Grouse Technical Council. 1995.
The Minnesota Award - Minnesota Chapter of Wildlife Society. 1999.
University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers. 1998.
Horace T. Morse - U of MN Alumni Assoc. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. 1997.
Honorary State Farmer - MN Vocational Agriculture Association. 1996.
2007 Builders of Diversity Award
2009 Outstanding Community Service Award
Honorary lifetime member - The Nature Conservancy
1995 Distinguished Teaching Award
Svedarsky, W.D., R.L. Westemeier, R.J. Robel, S. Gough, and J.E. Toepfer. 2000. Status and management of the greater prairie chicken in North America. Wildlife Biology. 6: 277-284.
Svedarsky, W.D., R.H. Hier, and N.J. Silvy. 1999. The Greater Prairie Chicken - a national look. Misc. Pub. 99-1999. Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota. 187 pp.
Svedarsky, W.D., T.J. Wolfe, and J.E. Toepfer. 1999. Status and management of the greater prairie chicken in Minnesota. Pages 25-38 in Svedarsky, W. D., R. H. Hier, and N. J. Silvy. (Editors). 1999 The greater prairie chicken: a national look. Miscellaneo
Winter, M., D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, T. M. Donovan, and W. D. Svedarsky. 2006. Patch size and landscape effects on density and nest success of grassland birds. Journal of Wildlife Management. 70(1):158-172.
Winter, M., D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, T.M. Donovan, W. D. Svedarsky, P. A. Jones, and B. R. Euliss. 2005. Habitat and nesting of Le Conte's sparrows in the northern tallgrass prairie. Journal of Field Ornithology. 76:61-71.
Svedarsky, W.D., R. Sayre, and J.L. Engelstad. 2001. The Mentor Prairie Wildlife Management Area: Assessment and Management. Northwest Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston. 67 pp.
Svedarsky, W.D., C.F. Tydeman, and R.D. Crawford. 1995. Gravel pits as wildlife habitat for wetland wildlife in North America and Europe. Pages 679-683 in J. Bissonette and P. Krausman, eds., Proc. Int. Wildl. Manage. Cong., The Wildlife Society, Bethesda
Huseby, J. T., Svedarsky, W. D., and Crawford, R. D.. Dabbling duck production from a cultivated wild rice landscape in northwest Minnesota. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 29(3):838-845
Maiken Winter,M. D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, and W. D. Svedarsky. 2004. Nesting biology of three grassland passerines in the northern tallgrass prairie. The Wilson Bulletin. 116:211-223.
Svedarsky, W. D., J. E. Toepfer, R. L. Westemeier, and R. J. Robel. 2005. Effects of management practices on grassland birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Onli
Svedarsky, W.D. and G.L. VanAmburg. 1996. Integrated management of the greater prairie chicken and livestock on the Sheyenne National Grasslands. Northwest Experiment Station, U. of Minnesota, Crookston. 112 pp.
Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
M.S in Botany (Plant Ecology) from the University of Missouri, Columbia
B.S. in Biology from the University of Missouri, Columbia
Soil and Water Conservation Society
The Nature Conservancy
The North American Wildlife Technology Assocation (Past president)
The Wildlife Society (President Elect)
Society for Ecological Restoration (Charter member)
Prairie Grouse Technical Council
Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society
North Central Section Representative to The Wildlife Society
North Dakota Natural Science Society
Minnesota Ornithologists' Union