Bowerman earns NOES Award

Dr. William Bowerman was recently presented with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the National Capital Area Council at their NESA awards dinner. It is awarded to an Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association for distinguished service to his profession and community upon the recommendation of his local BSA council NESA committee, Scout executive and council president. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America as a youth member and volunteer leader for over 40 years. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in Troop 332 in Munising in 1976. He gives much credit to his scoutmaster, the late Richard Chaltry, and the Boy Scout volunteers in Munising and the Upper Peninsula for his attainments in scouting and his career. He is currently the vice president of Outdoor Adventure for the National Capital Area Council. He is a member of the Rotary Club of College Park and is the district coordinator for the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. Bowerman is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Toxicology, and chairman of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park, appointed in May 2011. He was on the faculty of Clemson University from 1999-2011. Previous to that, he served at Lake Superior State University. He served as the United States Co-Chairman of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board from 2011-2014, and was a member from 1996-2014. This service has resulted in extensive experience in cross-boundary and multi-jurisdictional natural resources and pollution abatement management issues. He received a B.A. in biology from Western Michigan University, a M.A. in biology from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife-environmental toxicology from Michigan State University. He has been studying bald eagle ecology and effects of environmental pollutants in the Great Lakes region since 1984. Working with associates with Michigan State University, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he has trained over 400 wildlife professionals and started environmental monitoring programs using sea eagles in the U.S. and Canada (bald eagles), Sweden (white-tailed sea eagle), Russia (Steller’s sea eagle), Uganda and South Africa (African fish-eagle).