RENO — Andy Stinson of Hawthorne, has won the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner’s 2011 Wayne E. Kirch Conservation award. Stinson’s commitment to Nevada’s wildlife resources will be recognized during the May 11 Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner’s meeting in Reno, where he will receive the award.
Stinson was nominated for the award by both Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and the Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife. In 2011, Stinson had a “very impressive record of time and commitment to Nevada’s wildlife.” Stinson planned, coordinated and participated in the construction of numerous wildlife guzzler projects, including Table Mountain, Homestake, Moho Mountain and the Excelsior guzzler projects. As part of his work, Stinson worked on site selection for each base camp, prepared meals for volunteers and prepared maps and directions to each site to assist in volunteer management.
Stinson also worked with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and the Mineral County Road Department to arrange and implement an emergency water haul to the Lower Paymaster Guzzler when the water levels were seriously depleted.
Stinson is an accomplished wildlife photographer and in 2011 set up numerous “trail cameras” that captured and documented a wide variety of wildlife utilizing these water developments. Stinson documented use at eight different sites by species as diverse as mule deer, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, chukar, mountain lions, song birds and many other species. He compiled this work into an album which was presented to Sen. Harry Reid.
Stinson has donated hundreds, perhaps thousands, of personal hours and drives thousands of miles in order to participate and perform volunteer service for the betterment of Nevada’s wildlife.
“It is very rewarding to have been chosen for this conservation award,” Stinson says. “I would also like to thank the Kirch family for making this award possible. I have had the pleasure of meeting many other fellow sportsmen and women at the many guzzler projects that are just as dedicated to enhancing Nevada’s wildlife as I am. It is an exceptional feeling to be a volunteer for the betterment of Nevada’s wildlife.”
Due to illness, Stinson missed only two projects in 2011, and continues to refuse any kind of compensation for the time and travel dedicated to these projects.
The Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award is given annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results towards conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. It is named in memory of Wayne E. Kirch, who served on the Fish and Game Commission for more than 25 years, the longest tenure on the board since its inception in 1877. Kirch, of Las Vegas, died in 1989.