Lonnie Williamson

Lonnie Williamson Obituary

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Lonnie Leroy "Sonny" Williamson, age 74 of Athens, Georgia, (Redstone Community) who entered into rest Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Mr. Williamson was born in Jackson County Georgia, the son of the late Lonnie and Genevieve Smith Williamson, and was a member of Redstone Methodist Church. Mr. Williamson graduated from the University of Georgia after obtaining a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management, a BS Degree in Journalism and Literature and did Post Graduate Work at the University of Maryland in Economics and retired as Vice President of the Wildlife Management Institute after 30 years. Mr. Williamson was an accomplished writer having written for such magazines as Outdoor Life, and also served on the Outdoor Writers Association of America Board of Directors 1985-1987, President, 1991-1992, and Board Chairman, 1993. "Sonny" as he was affectionately addressed by family and friends is preceded by sisters, Betty Jo Pinson and Juanita Williamson, along with his parents. Survivors include wife, Donna Wood of Athens, Son and Daughter in Law, Tony and Tammy Williamson of Athens, Daughter and Son in Law, Robin and David Buchanan of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sister and Brother in Law, Yvonne Williamson Wilkes and Ray Wilkes of Athens. Five grandchildren, Sam Williamson, Grace Ann Williamson, Sally Pat Williamson, Sydnee Belle Buchanan and Bailey Buchanan, along with several nieces and nephews. -




Dates have been set for the following events so that you may plan to be there:

Board Meeting: October 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Fall 2014, Work Day: Saturday, October 25
Fall 2014, Oyster Roast: Saturday, November 1 (Rain date:November 2)

WBFC members are encouraged to bring their own coffee mug to Shad Bake and Oyster Roast.

Remember the Shad Bake is always the Saturday closest to May 1st and the Oyster Roast is always the Saturday closest to November 1st, unless otherwise notified.


A Tribute to Henry Milton Reeves
By Clait E. Braun and Roy E. Tomlinson (Photo Credit Barry D. Reeves)

Long-time member of The Wildlife Society and noted wildlife ecologist Henry Milton Reeves (Milt) died February 1, 2013 in Amity, Oregon at the age of 85.
 Milt was born in Woodbury, New Jersey on March 31, 1927. His early years were spent hunting along the Maurice River tidelands in southern New Jersey. He graduated from Haddonfield (New Jersey) Memorial High School and later served in the U.S. Navy.
He attended Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan and received his B.S. in wildlife management in 1950, after which he worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a conservation officer and research biologist. He returned to Utah State for his M.S., writing a thesis titled “Muskrat and Waterfowl Production and Harvest on Dingle Swamp, Bear Lake County, Idaho” (Reeves 1954). This ecological research led to the establishment of Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho.
Milt obtained his master’s in 1954 and began a 30-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), starting as a game management agent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. His duties focused on white-winged doves and waterfowl of the Laguna Madre.
He was assigned in the summer of 1955 to work on a new air-ground waterfowl study in the glaciated prairie pothole region of Saskatchewan, Canada. He continued these studies in Canada for two additional summers, and participated in a cooperative waterfowl banding program with the Provincial Wildlife Department, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl Research Station, and others.
Milt moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1957 to direct FWS’s fledgling Wetlands Habitat Protection Program. He transferred after eight years to the Minneapolis Regional Office to again work in law enforcement as a game agent.
He transferred to the Migratory Bird Population Station at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in 1967 to serve as Chief of the Section of Migratory Upland Game Birds. Part of his duties was to organize and oversee the newly funded Accelerated Research Program for “webless” migratory game birds. This section also administered the annual mourning dove and woodcock call-count surveys that provided population data used to set annual hunting regulations. He transferred to Washington, D.C., in 1976 where he served as Chief of the Branch of Operations in the Office of Migratory Bird Management. He supervised the four Waterfowl Flyway Representatives and the Southwest Dove Coordinator in their roles to manage waterfowl and dove populations. He was also responsible for the exacting and tedious task of completing the annual federal hunting regulations published in the Federal Register.
Milt was a prolific writer during his career with FWS, and this continued after his retirement in 1983. He authored or coauthored 56 published studies. His book, A Contribution to an Annotated Bibliography of North American Cranes, Rails, Snipes, Doves and Pigeons (Reeves 1975) remains a valuable resource. He was co-editor and contributor to Flyways: Pioneering Waterfowl Management in North America (Hawkins et al. 1984), and wrote three chapters in Ecology and Management of the Mourning Dove (Baskett et al. 1993), which was honored with TWS’s editorship book award for 1996. In addition, Milt authored chapters in a series of books published by the Wildlife Management Institute on the ecology and management of elk, moose, pronghorn, and wood ducks, focusing on the culture and history of each. He also wrote introductions for 38 out-of-print historical natural resource books and secured their reprinting by Kessinger Publishing. At the time of his death, Milt was working on two additional books.
The Wildlife Society benefited from Milt’s long membership that spanned 58 years, from 1950 to 2008. He served as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Wildlife Management from 1983 to 1984. Milt was also a member of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Association of Field Ornithologists, Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Wilson Ornithological Society. He was elected in 1980 to the prestigious Washington Biologists’ Field Club in recognition of his many contributions to wildlife management.
Milt’s initial project after retiring in 1983 was to build a new family home above Amity, Oregon. He was very skilled at woodworking, and carved hundreds of decoys in addition to making custom furniture.
He also had an insatiable curiosity about historical wildlife-oriented documents, and spent innumerable hours in library research. His interest in Book 11 (“Earthly Things”)  of the 16th-century Florentine Codex, written by Franciscan missionary Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, resulted in the publication of a paper in the Archives of  Natural History titled “Sahagún’s ‘Florentine Codex,’ a little known natural history of the Aztecan natural history of the Valley of Mexico” (Reeves 2006). Further research at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, led Milt to find an original hand-written 1675 manuscript of the Codex Canadensis, written by Jesuit priest Louis Nicolas. Milt’s collaboration with Concordia University art historian François-Marc Gagnon and translators Nancy Senior and Real Ouellet resulted in the publication of Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas (Gagnon 2011).
The discovery of a diary by a remarkable woman—Dorothy C. Saunders— led Milt to work for six years with Roy E. Tomlinson (a retired FWS biologist) to get this fascinating diary into print as a book:  Chico, George, the Birds and Me: The Mexican Travelogue of a Woman Naturalist, 1948-1949, which came out in 2008.
Milt was fortunate to have another remarkable woman in his life: his wife, Merilyn Bronson Reeves, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage in June 2012. A man of rare intellect and curiosity, Milt cherished his family and many friends, and maintained correspondence with them for years. An unassuming and caring person, he encouraged others in their studies and served as a mentor to many young biologists throughout his many-faceted career. He was truly an inspiration for all wildlife biologists with whom he interacted, and made a difference in the world. He will be missed.
Milt is survived by his wife Merilyn, two sisters (Virginia Hinson of Mauricetown, New Jersey and Mollie Fleck of New Castle, Delaware), two sons (Scott and Barry), two daughters (Julie Burke and Linda McRory), and six grandchildren. His scientific journals, professional books, journal articles, and personal papers have been donated to the Quinney Natural Resources Research Library, 5260 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5200. Memorial contributions may be made in Milt’s memory to the Quinney Library.


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A book entitled THE WASHINGTON BIOLOGISTS’ FIELD CLUB: ITS MEMBERS AND ITS HISTORY (1900-2006) has been published.

The book contains the history of the Club and a short biography on all of the members. There are 542 pictures from 1901 to the present. It is a hard bound copy with a beautiful dust jacket in color.

Copies are available for sale at $25 each post paid. Checks are to be made out to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club and can be mailed to:

Dr. Matthew C. Perry
USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708 USA