Bob Danley, Outdoor Recreation Planner at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in the Bitterroot Valley, has received a Beacon Award from the American Recreation Coalition.

The award, presented during Great Outdoors Week at the US Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., is one of six awarded annually by the organization. The coalition takes nominations from federal agencies for innovative use of technology, efforts to share news, community support and development of partnerships.

Danley has been using social media to alert and teach the public about the outdoors. He works through the Metcalf National Refuge website and his own blog - A Naturalist's Nexus. He also has a weekly report on KLYQ Radio in Hamilton, Montana.

The Coalition award news release mentioned Bob's work in incorporating the QR codes for smartphones in the new refuge brochure and on the signs in the refuge auto tour route. They highlighted his work with area schools and home-schools.

Here at KLYQ, we have enjoyed Bob Danley's report for years, ever since we started covering his Groundhog Day celebrations with the groundhog's cousin, the yellow belly marmot. He leads yearly "expeditions" on the refuge to Bitterroot Bill's lair.

Now, of course, we hear from him weekly on Monday mornings during our 7:30 a.m. newscast. When you listen to Bob, you can easily get excited about the world around you.

He is an integral part of the great Bitterroot Valley treasure that is the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge.