Vic Doig has retired! We wish him the best but hate that he is no longer with us at the Refuge.
He has been the Refuge's Fire Management Officer and a Wildlife Biologist, for almost 20 years, leading and participating in prescribed burns and wildfire response activities across the state, region, and country as a field supervisor, instructor, and helicopter manager. He was a Division Supervisor with the Southern Area Tp 1 Blue incident management team and trained in wildlife management at the University of Florida and N.C. State University. Prior to coming to Lower Suwannee NWR, he worked for the State of Florida for 15 years . . . seven years with the state park system as a biologist and land manager, and eight years for the state Fish & Wildlife Commission as a biologist and land management supervisor.
With Vic, Friends members worked to control invasive species and to do flight line bird counts. It was Vic who spotted the first Roseate Spoonbill in Cedar Key several years ago and called all of us to attention as they started become regulars here. The national and international media turned to Vic to help puzzle out the reasons behind the abandonment of the Seahorse Key Rookery in 2015. His presentation skills built strong relationships between the community and the refuge.
We miss you already Vic. Thanks for years of service to the people of Florida and the nation. Best wishes for your future adventures.