The Wildlife Society - Certified Wildlife Biologist

About Roger

Roger Wells Roger W. Wells is a wildlife and land management biologist based near Emporia, Kansas. As a professional wildlife biologist, his training includes 13 years with the Kansas Fish and Game Commission as a wildlife refuge manager, district wildlife biologist, and small game project leader. He supervised all studies, surveys and management plans for quail, prairie chickens, pheasant, squirrels, and rabbits in Kansas. Roger then worked with Quail Unlimited for nearly 24 years as Regional Director, Western Division Manager and National Habitat Director. He supervised and advised on wildlife management activities for the organization's 250 local chapters and secured over 30 federal grants to support wildlife projects.

Roger left QU to become the first Upland Wildlife Biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation - a 300,000-member nationwide conservation organization that supports turkey and upland wildlife habitat projects, youth activities and many other conservation activities. In this position, he worked with state and federal land management agencies, private landowners and NWTF field staff on projects impacting quail, grouse and other upland wildlife.

In April 2011, Roger accepted a contract position with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) to coordinate a new pilot program called Explore Wingshooting. The program was designed to give new hunter education graduates an expenses paid opportunity to participate in a half-day upland gamebird hunt on a NAGA member preserve. The pilot took place in five states: MD, NJ, NY, PA & VA in cooperation with the state wildlife agencies.

Roger received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University in 1973. He has been active in numerous conservation organizations, has served as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Emporia State University and was a guest lecturer at the Kansas State University Division of Biology from 1978 to 1997.

Roger received certification as a Certified Wildlife Biologist from The Wildlife Society in 1979.

Roger's professional affiliations and positions have included:
  • Predation Avian Recruitment Team of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Partners in Flight Committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Agriculture Committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Sportsmen and Ranchers for Land Stewardship Committee
  • Co-chair of the Answer The Call Committee of the US Forest Service
  • Kansas State Technical Committee of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Tallgrass Legacy Alliance board member and Treasurer
  • National, Section and State Chapters of The Wildlife Society
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society 1983-1984
  • Prairie Grouse Technical Council member
  • Chairman, Prairie Grouse Technical Council 1982-1983
  • Masked Bobwhite Recovery Team member 2008 - 2010
The Wildlife Society - Certified Wildlife Biologist In addition to his many professional committees and affiliations, Roger is active in his local community where he served 8 years on the North Lyon County USD #251 Board of Education. He served as a member of the Lyon County Extension Council Executive Board where he was Vice-President and Chairman of the Lyon County 4-H Program Development Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Allen Creek Watershed Board and member of the Upper Neosho Watershed Wetland and Riparian Area Protection Strategy (WRAPS) team. Roger also assists with numerous youth activities. He has been active in 4-H livestock projects and county fair, Hunter Education, Earth Day, Youth Outdoor Education Day, Outdoors Kansas for Kids Day, Youth Upland Bird Hunt and others. For many years, Roger was a 4-H and NRA Certified Shotgun Shooting Sports instructor and has coached in the 4-H Shotgun Shooting Sports program in Lyon County. He has been an instructor in the Kansas Becoming an Outdoors Woman program teaching the upland gamebird hunting section.

Roger and his wife, Nancy, own and operate a 300-acre farm in Lyon County, KS. In 1999, they received the 1999 Kansas Bankers Association Wildlife Habitat Conservation Award in recognition of the wildlife enhancements made to the farm. In 2000, they received the Wildlife Stewardship Farm Of The Year Award in Upland Game Management from Progressive Farmer / Rural Sportsman Magazine, Birmingham, AL. The Wells' AnDiShe Farm (named after their three daughters) was recognized as the nation's best-managed working farm for upland game in 2000. The Kansas Wildlife Federation named Roger as the Wildlife Conservationist of the Year for the state of Kansas in 2001.

Roger enjoys hunting, fishing and all related activities, especially with his five grandchildren, two of which live with their parents on the AnDiShe Farm. His greatest love in life is introducing young people to the outdoors, wildlife and conservation.

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