David B. Marshall (Submitted photo)

In honored memory of David B. Marshall’s dedication to thoughtful conservation of natural resources, an observation blind was built at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) headquarters, overlooking the holding pond renamed as Marshall Pond, to afford many opportunities for observing wildlife as they feed and rest on the water.

David B. Marshall died on Nov. 22, 2011, following a prolonged illness. Marshall was an Oregon ornithologist and conservation biologist and had a career with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He was also a founding member of the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Marshall left a legacy in conservation. He was an avid researcher and published more than 50 scientific articles and reports. In addition, he was a strong advocate for species and habitat conservation.

As an 11-year-old Marshall made his first visit to MNWR in 1937. In his “Memoirs of a Wildlife Biologist,” he wrote that “it became a sort of dream that I could someday work there.” In 1955 this dream came true. Marshall’s contributions to MNWR have created a strong scientific and photographic legacy that continues to thrive as the refuge moves forward into a second century of wildlife management.

The dedication of David B. Marshall Memorial Observation Blind will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. at refuge headquarters. For more information, contact the refuge at 541-493-2612.

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