After 20 years with Delta Waterfowl, Rob Olson announced today he is stepping down as president of the conservation organization. Olson’s passion for waterfowling and his innovative vision for conservation has been a pillar of Delta’s unprecedented growth over the past two decades. Olson will continue at Delta for the next several months to assist in the transition period.
We at Outwrite Outdoors would like to thank Rob for his service to waterfowl and conservation. Detla Waterfowl has done an outstanding job helping all of us have more ducks and geese. It is a great group of people and will continue to be so.
Olson joined Delta in 1992 as a graduate student doing his master’s degree work in natural resources management. Olson has held a variety of roles with the foundation. He was appointed president in 2003.
“It’s been an absolutely incredible run for me at Delta,” Olson said. “I’m honored to have been able to play a role in the success of one of North America’s most innovative conservation organizations.”
Olson was instrumental in growing the chapter volunteer network and support base for the organization, launching the first continent-wide duck hunter recruitment program, developing Delta’s predator management program, leading Delta’s cutting-edge communications work and overseeing the growth of the Alternative Land Use Services conservation program in Canada.
Olson said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and friends in his hometown of Winnipeg, and will continue to support Delta in the future.
The organization’s board of directors has named Dr. Frank Rohwer, Delta’s long-time scientific director, as interim president.
Rohwer started working at Delta as a student assistant in 1976, and continued as a funded Delta graduate student for both his master’s degree and doctorate work. After a short hiatus in the late 1980s, Rohwer returned to Delta as the scientific director in 1991. He has held that position for most of the years since then, while simultaneously serving on the faculty at Louisiana State University.
Delta is also pleased to announce the return of Jonathan Scarth, a past president who will lead Delta’s efforts on conservation policy. Scarth has a long association with Delta, including a summer assistantship helping Rohwer track down radio-marked blue-winged teal broods in 1979.
Scarth is one of the architects of ALUS – Alternative Land Use Services – Delta’s innovative program to foster duck and ecosystem-friendly farm policies. Scarth returns to Delta after a substantial stint in Canadian politics, which will be valuable background for the leader of Delta’s programs to advance conservation policy that benefits ducks and duck hunters.
“These are exciting times,” Rohwer said. “I’m confident Delta will become even more effective as a science-based advocacy organization. We are in this for the ducks, the hunters, the habitat and the waterfowl heritage that we love.”
Delta Waterfowl Foundation is a leading North American conservation organization, tracing its origins to the birth of the wildlife conservation movement in 1911. The Foundation supports research, provides leadership and offers science-based solutions to efficiently conserve waterfowl and secure the future of waterfowl hunting. Delta Waterfowl is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Bismarck, N.D.