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Dr. Heath M. Hagy

Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station
Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center

Heath M. Hagy, Ph.D. 
Director, Forbes Biological Station
Assistant Research Program Leader in Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology

Forbes Biological Station
P.O. Box 590 
20003 CR 1770E
Havana, IL 62644

Phone: 217-300-5620



Dr. Heath Hagy joined the Illinois Natural History Survey in March 2012.  Dr. Hagy moved to INHS from the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he served as a wetlands ecologist on the Natural Resources Conservation Service National Easement Assessment Project.  Dr. Hagy received his Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Southern Nazarene University in Environmental Studies, a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University in Zoology in 2006, and Ph.D. in 2010 from Mississippi State University in Forest Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Management.  Dr. Hagy's research interests include the fields of wetlands ecology and management, waterfowl ecology and management, wetland monitoring and bioassessment, integrated pest management in agricultural ecosystems, and avian foraging ecology. During his doctoral research, Dr. Hagy explored aspects of foraging ecology of dabbling ducks in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), including conducting experiments to describe a Food Availability Threshold for wintering dabbling ducks.

Dr. Hagy has additional experience evaluating wetland and cropland management regimes for food availability and wildlife use.  In the northern Great Plains, he monitored migratory bird use of USDA Wildlife Conservation Sunflower Plots and other croplands typically depredated by fall-migrating flocks of blackbirds.  This research, in conjunction with North Dakota State University and the USDA/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center, identified commercial sunflower crops as an important stopover habitat for fall migrating birds and modeled landscape and intrinsic crop variables relative to migratory bird use.  Dr. Hagy continues to work with producers and scientists who implement integrated pest management approaches in the northern Great Plains to ameliorate blackbird damage to commercial sunflower crops and provide habitat to a variety of wildlife. 

Dr. Hagy is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is an Associate Wildlife Biologist certified by The Wildlife Society, and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the TWS Wetlands Working Group.  In his free time, Dr. Hagy enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Erin and his black Labrador, Kota.  During the fall and winter, he enjoys conserving waterfowl and whitetails from a hidden perch.



1.  Gray, M. J, H. M. Hagy, J. A. Nyman, and J. D. Stafford. 2012. Management of wetlands for wildlife. Pages xx–xx in C. A. Davis, J. T. Anderson, and W. Conway, editors. Wetland Techniques. Bentham Science, Ltd., Illinois, USA. (In Press).

2.  Hagy, H. M., and R. M. Kaminski. 2012. Winter waterbird and food dynamics in autumn-managedmoist-soil wetlands of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 36:In Press.


1. Hagy, H. M., and R. M. Kaminski. 2012. Apparent seed use by ducks in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Journal of Wildlife Management 76: In Press.

2. Hagy, H. M., and R. M. Kaminski. 2012. Winter waterbird and food dynamics in autumn-managedmoist-soil wetlands of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 36:In Press.

3.  Linz, G. M., H. J. Homan, S. J. Werner, H. M. Hagy, and W. J. Bleier. 2011. Assessment of bird-management strategies to protect sunflower. Bioscience 61:960-970.

4.  Hagy, H. M., J. R. Foth, and R. M. Kaminski. 2011. Invertebrate biomass in flooded corn and other wetlands managed for wintering waterfowl in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Proceedings of the annual conference of the southeastern Association and Fish and Wildlife Agencies 65:56-61.

5.  Hagy, H. M., J. N. Straub, and R M. Kaminski. 2011. Estimation and correction of seed recovery bias from moist-soil cores. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:959-966.

6.  Callicutt, J. T., H. M. Hagy, and M. L. Schummer. 2011. The food preference paradigm: a review of fall-winter food use by North American dabbling ducks (1900-2009). Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2:29-40.

7.  Hagy, H. M., G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2010. Wildlife conservation sunflower plots as habitat for migratory birds. American Midland Naturalist 164:119-135.

8.  Hagy, H. M., G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2008. Optimizing the use of decoy plots for blackbird control in commercial sunflower. Crop Protection 27:1442-1447.

9.  Hagy, H. M., G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2007. Are sunflower plots for the birds? Pages 61-71 inProceedings of the Twelfth Wildlife Damage management Conference, 9-12 April, Corpus Christie, Texas, USA.


1.  Hagy, H. M., and R. M. Kaminski. 2012. Managing moist-soil vegetation for ducks. Gamekeepers: In Press.

2.  Hagy, H. M., K. Edwards, W. Sutton, D. Osborne, G. Upchurch, Z. Guo, and M. Gray. 2012. Permanent responsibility lasts a long time. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Tennessee Land, Life, and Science 9: In Press.

3.  Hagy, H. M. 2010. Going green for ducks: managing moist-soil habitat. Mississippi State University Natural Resource Enterprises Newsletter 5:2-3.

4.  Hagy, H. M. 2009. Breeding ecology and spring migration. Delta Wildlife 17(1):12-13.

5.  Hagy, H. M. 2008. Fall migrationDelta Wildlife 16(3):32-33.

6.  Hagy, H. M. 2008. Pair formation in wintering waterfowl. Delta Wildlife 16(4):24.

7.  Hagy, H. M., J. M. Raetzman, G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2006. Efficacy of sunflower decoy plots for blackbird control and supplemental stopover habitat. National Sunflower Association Research Forum.

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