About Bob Mace

Bob Mace

Bob Mace was born in 1921 and raised on a ranch north of Central Point and adjacent to the Rogue River. Known for his passion for wildlife, Bob was a 1942 Oregon State College graduate with a degree in wildlife management. He served in the Navy during WWII, and was a 23-year member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. A wildlife biologist and career Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) employee, Bob retired as Deputy Director for Field Operations in 1981 and moved back to his family property, across the Rogue River from Lower Table Rock, in the early 1980’s he was known for his dedication, professionalism, and conservation ethic.

Bob believed that a more positive way to refer to these species—so many of which are admired by nature lovers—would foster the respect they deserved.

Bruce Dugger, Former Oregon State University Mace Watchable Wildlife Chair

Starting in 1979, Bob Mace coined the phrase “watchable wildlife” to replace “nongame” as a reference to non-hunted species—highlighting the value of these often lesser-known species.

The Four Legacies of Bob and Phyllis

Oregon Community Foundation

Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Fund

In 2006, the Maces crafted an agreement with the Oregon Community Foundation to create the Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Fund.

Revenues from the fund are already being invested back into programs that benefit watchable wildlife and the public.

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, click here and mention the Mace Watchable Wildlife Fund in the form.