For more than 20 years Gary worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System. He worked primarily on wetland, waterfowl and water bird management and planning in Eastern Oregon and in California's Central Valley. Gary served as a wildlife biologist at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years and is currently working on a variety of bird conservation issues in the West and attending graduate school at Oregon State University.

Gary Ivey


Alice has been visiting Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since the 1960s, first birding and then volunteering. She is a retired teacher who enjoys sharing her love of wildlife with visitors of all ages. She believes deeply in the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which sets wildlife conservation as its primary purpose and preservation and restoration of biological diversity and environmental health as its main goal.

Alice Elshoff


Chris Gardner.  Chris is a Bend attorney.  He is founder and active member of Kids’ Center, an organization for abused and neglected children. He is a frequent visitor to MNWR and looks forward to serving on the Friends’ Board. 

Chris Gardner

MARK NEBEKER, Board Member

Mark was born in Salt Lake City and has lived in Utah, Montana, Minnesota, Alaska and Oregon. He enjoyed growing up in Corvallis with two younger brothers, attending school there from elementary through college at OSU. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Wildlife Science and started working for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in the fall of 1985. In his 27- year career with ODFW he has worked at numerous offices and Wildlife Areas. Presently he is the Manager of Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. Mark started birding at the age of 12 in 1972 and readily became involved with Corvallis Audubon Society. That year was also his first year experiencing Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and he has revisited every year since. Mark currently lives on Sauvie Island with his wife Nancy, their dog and their two cats.

Mark Nebeker, Board Member



KATHY DAY, Treasurer

A birding enthusiast for nearly 30 years, Kathy lives in Bend with her husband Steve; they have been frequent visitors to Malheur for the past 12 years, including two Springs spent volunteering at the Visitor Center and helping on several projects. Kathy has volunteered with Audubon groups in other states, and most recently she and her husband volunteered for several months at St. Marks NWR on the Florida Gulf Coast. Kathy is the liaison with the Friends' website manager, occasionally volunteers at the refuge visitor center, and is working to increase the Friends' membership through outreach to the Oregon birding community.

Kathy Day

Rick Vetter, Board Member

Rick Vetter is the newest Board Member. His information will be added soon.

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CAREY GOSS, Refuge Liaison

Carey graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife and a Minor in fisheries. Carey began her career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995 working at four different refuges before finding herself at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 1999. Carey’s background includes an array of experiences with biological surveys, fish and wildlife management and conservation. Her primary objectives at the Refuge and with MWA are to provide visitors a welcoming and comfortable experience and enhancing opportunities in wildlife observation, wildlife/nature photography, interpretation, education, fishing and hunting with the help of volunteers and partnerships.

Carey Goss

TIM BLOUNT, Board Member

Tim resides in Hines, Oregon and visits MNWR often.  He is an avid birder and maintains and operates the website  Tim works for the Harney County Education Service District as a computer technician, and is looking forward to sharing his talents with FOMR. 

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