LDWF names Jimmy Anthony National Flyway Council Chairman

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 08/13 2014 02:22PM

Updated 08/13 2014 02:25PM

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary Jimmy Anthony has been named chairman of the National Flyway Council for 2014-15.

As chair of the National Flyway Council, Anthony will work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service on North American migratory bird management issues that affect all the Flyway Councils across North America.

Anthony also serves as the chair of the Mississippi Flyway Council, one of the four Flyway Councils that serve as an advisory panel to the USFWS for all migratory bird management issues, including regulations and seasons for game species such as ducks, geese, doves and woodcock.
The Mississippi Flyway includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

The MFC, organized in 1952, contains representatives of agencies from each state and province that have management responsibility for migratory bird resources in the flyway.

The Council was established to coordinate the management of migratory game birds in the Mississippi Flyway and to promote those activities of its members that serve the long-term benefit of the resources and the flyway as a whole.

Anthony, assistant secretary for the Office of Wildlife since 2008, has been with the department for over 38 years. He has additionally served as a division administrator, biologist program manager, biologist and WMA supervisor. He received his master's degree in biology in 1979 from what was then called Northeast Louisiana University, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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