Dr Delwin Benson


Colorado State University

Bison Management in the United States

Dr. Benson is Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University since 1975. Education, research and outreach about nature, outdoor activities, and wildlife conservation on private lands are part of his offerings. He worked for the provincial wildlife agency in Ontario Canada (1973-1975), studied socio-economic wildlife values on private lands in South Africa where he has consulted and led tours, and reviewed hunting and nature conservation on private lands in Australia, South America, and Europe. His approach to education is to encourage stewardship of nature by multiplying his efforts through community action, workshops, courses, presentations, publications, conservation organization development, and via the Internet: http://www.LandHelp.info.

Courses have been taught at Colorado State University for upper level students about public relations in natural resources, leadership, wildlife policy, and field wildlife studies. Freshman students learned about “Science, Society and the Environment.”

He has 6 online courses that are available anywhere in the world about wildlife and natural resources law, policy, and administration; communications and leadership; wildlife habitat management on private lands; Aldo Leopold; and actions for sustainable behaviors. In each course, students study on their own and complete practical exercises applying knowledge gained from books, study guides, assignments, and independent research into real-life situations.

Dr. Benson received awards from The Wildlife Society (4), Rocky Mountain Center on the Environment, Colorado Wildlife Federation, CSU Cooperative Extension, and CSU Service Learning, for his educational programs, presentations, publications, and citizen-based organizational activities. His most recent book “Wildlife Stewardship and Recreation on Private Lands” won the education award from The Wildlife Society in 2000. He was inducted into the Hunter Education Hall of Fame by the International Hunter Education Association in 1987. He was chairman of the 8th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium called “Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands: Livestock, Tourism, and Spirit in Colorado USA in 2013. Over 100 presentation videos can be viewed from the event representing nine symposia themes: https://dspace.library.colostate.edu/handle/10217/100283