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W Svedarsky

Professor (retired)
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Associated Majors

Awards, Distinctions, and Honors

  • 1995 Distinguished Teaching Award

  • 2007 Builders of Diversity Award

  • 2009 Outstanding Community Service Award

  • Education Award, Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. 2014

  • Fellow, The Wildlife Society. October, 2010

  • Friend of Education Award, Crookston Chamber of Commerce. January, 2012

  • Horace T. Morse - U of MN Alumni Assoc. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. 1997.

  • National Stewardship Award - The Nature Conservancy. 1981.

  • President, The Wildlife Society, 2009

  • The Hamerstrom Award - Prairie Grouse Technical Council. 1995.

  • The Minnesota Award - Minnesota Chapter of Wildlife Society. 1999.

  • Torch and Shield Award. University of Minnesota, Crookston for notable service. October, 2008

  • U of MN President’s Award for Outstanding Service. April, 2010

  • University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers. 1998.

Selected Publications

  • Svedarsky, W.D., M.A. Kuchenreuther, G.J. Cuomo, P. Buesseler, H. Moeching, and A. Singh 2002. A Landowner's Guide to Prairie Management

  • Huseby, J. T., Svedarsky, W. D., and Crawford, R. D.. Dabbling duck production from a cultivated wild rice landscape in northwest Minnesota. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 29(3):838-845

  • Maiken Winter,M. D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, and W. D. Svedarsky. 2004. Nesting biology of three grassland passerines in the northern tallgrass prairie. The Wilson Bulletin. 116:211-223.

  • Svedarsky, W. D., J. E. Toepfer, R. L. Westemeier, and R. J. Robel. 2005. Effects of management practices on grassland birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Onli

  • Svedarsky, W.D. and G.L. VanAmburg. 1996. Integrated management of the greater prairie chicken and livestock on the Sheyenne National Grasslands. Northwest Experiment Station, U. of Minnesota, Crookston. 112 pp.

  • Svedarsky, W.D., C.F. Tydeman, and R.D. Crawford. 1995. Gravel pits as wildlife habitat for wetland wildlife in North America and Europe. Pages 679-683 in J. Bissonette and P. Krausman, eds., Proc. Int. Wildl. Manage. Cong., The Wildlife Society, Bethesda

  • Svedarsky, W.D., R. Sayre, and J.L. Engelstad. 2001. The Mentor Prairie Wildlife Management Area: Assessment and Management. Northwest Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston. 67 pp.

  • Svedarsky, W.D., R.H. Hier, and N.J. Silvy. 1999. The Greater Prairie Chicken - a national look. Misc. Pub. 99-1999. Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota. 187 pp.

  • Svedarsky, W.D., R.L. Westemeier, R.J. Robel, S. Gough, and J.E. Toepfer. 2000. Status and management of the greater prairie chicken in North America. Wildlife Biology. 6: 277-284.

  • Winter, M., D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, T. M. Donovan, and W. D. Svedarsky. 2006. Patch size and landscape effects on density and nest success of grassland birds. Journal of Wildlife Management. 70(1):158-172.

  • Winter, M., D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, T.M. Donovan, W. D. Svedarsky, P. A. Jones, and B. R. Euliss. 2005. Habitat and nesting of Le Conte's sparrows in the northern tallgrass prairie. Journal of Field Ornithology. 76:61-71.

Educational Background

  • M.S in Botany (Plant Ecology) from the University of Missouri, Columbia

  • Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

  • B.S. in Biology from the University of Missouri, Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society

  • Prairie Grouse Technical Council

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • The Wildlife Society



Retired in May 2018.