DFG Launches Science Institute to Showcase Decades of Scientific Work and Support its Scientific Future

Media Contacts:
Jordan Traverso, DFG Deputy Director, (916) 654-9937

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) publicly announced the first phase of its new Science Institute, available for viewing at www.dfg.ca.gov/Science.

“This website is the first part of a multi-phase approach intended to highlight the exceptional work that DFG scientists have been doing for many, many years and support our scientific future,” said Charlton H. Bonham, Director of DFG. “Our goal is that this Institute will help develop our current scientists professionally, by increasing skills, resources, collaboration and notoriety, as well as attract new scientists to help us plan for the years ahead.”

The website launch is phase one of the Institute. Future phases will include an archive of scientific presentations, professional development tools, better access for DFG scientists to outside science and scientific literature, a science symposium and much more.

Director Bonham prepared a video message for this website launch which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/S2Injj4sWx8.

DFG Recognized for Outstanding Communication Efforts

Media Contact: Janice Mackey, DFG Office of Communications

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has once again been recognized for

DFG Sweeps SiOC Awards

 outstanding Government Communications by the State Information Officers Council (SiOC). This year’s awards, announced May 10 in Sacramento, included the highest honor of all, as DFG’s Harry Morse was named Public Information Officer of the Year.

“This recognition demonstrates the quality of work and creativity that DFG produces on a daily basis to communicate with hunters, the general public, advocates and stakeholders,” DFG Deputy Director Jordan Traverso said. “The combination of writing, video editing, multi-media, in-house graphics and the implementation of social media has allowed us to develop award-winning communications strategies even with very limited resources.”

DFG’s Office of Communications, Education and Outreach (OCEO) employees were honored with seven golds, three silvers and numerous honorable mentions across several categories including writing, publications, media campaigns, graphics, multi-media and special projects. One of the biggest highlights of the luncheon was the presentation of the Public Information Officer of the Year award, which went to Morse. He is well known to outdoor writers and other reporters around the state for his extensive knowledge of fisheries, wildlife management and regulations. Although he retired last year, he has since returned to DFG’s OCEO as a retired annuitant, where he continues to take press calls and works to promote the department.

 Below is the list of other award highlights:

  • News Release: California Tarantulas Caught in Web of Lies, Gold Award – Carol Singleton
  • Opinion Piece: Working to Improve Our Resources: DFG Launches Automated Licensing, Application System for Hunters and Anglers, Gold Award – Kirsten Macintyre
  • Publications: OutdoorCaliforniaMagazine, Gold Award – Troy Swauger
  • Brochures: The Shasta Valley Challenge, Gold Award – Meredith Fleener and Kirsten Macintyre
  • Documentary: Marijuana Grow Site Awareness for Hunters, Gold Award – Matthew Elyash, Patrick Foy and Roy Griffith
  • Media Campaign: 2011 Tax Check-Off forCalifornia Sea Otters, Gold Award – Dana  Michaels
  • Calendar: Calendar Issue: Outdoor California, Gold Award – Meredith Fleener and Troy Swauger
  • Infographic and Technical Illustration, Fishing in the City: Knot Tying Poster Series, Silver Award – Meredith Fleener
  • Poster: Game Warden Stamp Poster, Silver Award – Meredith Fleener, Josh Nicholas and Debra Hamilton
  • Media Kit: Cosco Busan Consent Decree, Silver Award – Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the Cosco Busan Consent Decree Media Team

SiOC is a nonprofit organization offering professional development and networking opportunities for public information officers throughout California. Its annual Government Communications awards honor communications professionals.

DFG Staff Win Top Awards for Excellence in Communications

Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has captured 19 awards in the State Information Officers Council’s (SIOC) statewide competition for excellence in government communications. DFG earned eight gold awards, three silver and eight honorable mentions, making it the top winner of the year’s competition.

Gold Awards (Category):
  Outdoor California, January-February issue (Magazine)
  Outdoor California, September-October issue (Special Publication)
  “I’m With the Band” t-shirt design (Promotional Device)
  Mountain Lion Capture (Photography)
  Public Safety Wildlife Video (Training DVD or Documentary)
  “Cougar Population Declines” (Opinion)
  “Wildlife Experts Issue Warning about Controlling Rodent Pests with Poison” (News Release)
  California Outdoors Q&A Column (Other Web Resources)

Silver Awards:
  Outdoor California, November-December issue (Calendar)
  2010 Warden Stamp design (Promotional Device)
  “Could the Gulf Happen Here?” (Poster)

Honorable Mentions:
“Understanding the Predator-and-Prey Relationship” (Feature)
  “Through the Gates of Spenceville Wildlife Area” (Feature)
  “Southern Sea Otters: Stuck in Recovery” (Feature)
  “Guarding the Port of Entry” (Feature)
  “A Spirit of Cooperation: 20 years of Prevention in California” (Feature)
  “Beneficial Bats Battle Bad Image . . . and a New Threat” (News Release)
  “What Wardens Do: Marijuana Eradication” (Outreach and Education DVD)
  “Preventing the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease” (Outreach and Education DVD) 

Individual DFG communications professionals honored included Information Officers Dana Michaels, Kyle Orr and Carol Singleton; Graphic Designer Meredith Fleener; Videographer Matt Elyash; Marketing Specialists Harry Morse and Troy Swauger; Supervising Information Officer Kirsten Macintyre; Associate Biologist Carrie Wilson; and Staff Services Manager Alexia Retallack.

Also named on the awards as co-authors or co-producers were DFG Warden Patrick Foy and Captain Mark Lucero, and DFG biologists David A. Jessup and Doug Updike.

The annual SIOC awards competition honors employees of state agencies and departments for their achievements in media relations, audio-visual production and more. Contest entrants included state information officers, public relations representatives and other government communications experts.

Also of note, Associate Biologist Carrie Wilson was recently awarded two top honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization for professional outdoor communicators from California and surrounding western states. Wilson received a second place award in the Best Freelance Work category for her feature article “Injured Women Veterans Celebrated with Pig Hunt.” She also received a third place in the Best Website category for her California Outdoors Q&A column.