Honoring a Pioneer

Honoring pioneering waterfowl biologist Elizabeth Beard Losey.
Losey was hired in 1947 by USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System Chief J. Clark Salyer as the first female field research biologist in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her assignment was to chronicle the importance of beavers in waterfowl management at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Losey demonstrated a sharp intellect and indefatigable resolve that earned her induction to the The Wildlife Society, in 1948, as its first female professional member. Although she chose life in the Upper Peninsula over a career with FWS, Losey never abandoned her love for wildlife and her zeal for field studies. She developed and taught wildlife management courses at the University of Michigan, served on the Mississippi Flyway Technical Committee and chronicled the early North American fur trade. Elizabeth volunteered at Seney NWR into her nineties, serving as a beloved role model for a new generation of biologists. (Source: USFWS History)

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