At A Glance:
* Received Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management
from Arkansas Tech University. He is a graduate of Atlantic High School
* Professional interests include working with private landowners, state
and federal agencies and other private organizations to enhance and
restore wildlife and fisheries habitat, particularly waterfowl habitat.
* Personal interests include spending time with family, wife Sherry
and his daughters who are Shelby (16 years old) and Sarah (14 years
old), hunting and fishing. He also enjoys playing golf, coaching High
School Fastpitch Softball and watching his daughters compete in a variety
of High School athletics.
* Recognized Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society.
* Certified Technical Service Provider in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas
and Louisiana by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
“Working through Wildlife Mississippi with private landowners
is very satisfying,” says the field biologist, Robert R. Ballinger,
who goes by Rob, for short. Rob is over the Western Region of Mississippi
for Wildlife Mississippi.
“I enjoy working with people who have a genuine interest in the
fish and wildlife resources of Mississippi. It is a lot of fun being
able to see the diverse habitat types of the State and work with landowners
to improve the habitat.”
“It is great to be able to work at a conservation organization
where my goal is to protect, restore and enhance as much habitat as
possible – not have to meet a fundraising goal.”
Although Rob has the opportunity to work in all habitat types, he particularly
enjoys working to restore and enhance wetland and waterfowl habitat.
According to Wildlife Mississippi’s Executive Director James L.
Cummins, “Rob has probably restored more waterfowl habitat than
any one person in Mississippi. Last year alone, he restored over 4,000
acres through the Wildlife Mississippi. That’s significant in
As a field biologist of Wildlife Mississippi, duties include: assisting
in developing goals and objectives of Wildlife Mississippi’s field
operations; assisting in soliciting field project grants; coordinating
all field operations; assisting in preparing an annual report; encouraging
members to participate in field programs; maximizing efficiency of field
programs; working with the media to publicize projects; providing technical
assistance to landowners; encouraging members to participate in field
programs; implementing special projects; conducting workshops and seminars;
making presentations to children’s groups, civic clubs and/or
hunting/fishing clubs; representing Wildlife Mississippi at meetings;
and establishing and maintaining new projects.
He is very involved in a wide array of organizations. He is a member
of the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association and
The Wildlife Society.
He serves as a member of the Black Bear Restoration Task Force and the
Mississippi Partners for Wildlife Project.
He has written numerous articles for state and local newspapers and
published over 25 articles in magazines such as Wildlife Mississippi,
Delta Wildlife, Mid-South Farmer, Wildlife Trends
and Waterfowl 2000.
He has given numerous presentations to garden clubs, civic, school,
conservation and community groups as well as hunting and fishing clubs.
These accomplishments reflect Rob’s devotion to building a results-oriented
organization whose single goal is to “improve the quality of life
in Mississippi.” It is a simple goal but one that takes leadership
and involvement in all stages of the organization.
“It all boils down to improving the quality of life in a place
my family calls home.”
Cummins >> B. Bordelon >> A.
R. Browning >> S. Gruchy >> J.
May >> K. Rexrode