How Far We Have Come and Where We Must Go

ROOM: HCCC, Ballroom AB

Over the past several decades, the U.S. and Canada have implemented a range of ambitious and important environmental laws and regulations to address such issues as air and water pollution, endangered species conservation, and historic hazardous waste disposal. These measures have gone a long way to achieving their goals of protecting and enhancing the quality of these common resources, so much so that society now takes many of the results, such as the current levels of air quality or protection of species at risk, for granted, as if these outcomes were inevitable. But they were not, and in many cases were not even predicted as possible within the timespans in which they were subsequently achieved. This session will review some of the great strides in environmental quality observed in the U.S. and Canada in the last century, and provide some insight as to the measures needed to sustain these successes going forward, both on the environmental side and the human side of the issues.


The “Burning River” legacy: 50 years of remarkable changes in wildlife management

Richard A. Dolbeer
Science Adviser, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

Dolbeer was a scientist with Wildlife Services for over 30 years, where he led various research projects to resolve human-wildlife conflicts in North America, Africa, and Asia. He was a founding member of the Bird Strike Committee-USA and served as chairman for over 10 years. He has been a TWS member since 1969 and, with over 220 scientific publications, he was the initial recipient of the Caesar Kleberg Award for Applied Wildlife Research in 2008. His talk will focus on the infamous “Burning River” event that drew worldwide attention and catalyzed a remarkable suite of environmental legislation passed by the U.S. Congress, and the resulting dramatic shifts in wildlife populations and the wildlife profession.


Six Degrees of Separation? Looking North at Wildlife Management in Canada

Dr. Evelyn Merrill
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

Merrill received degrees at the University of Idaho and Washington, worked in both U.S. federal and state wildlife agencies and at two universities in the U.S. She moved to Canada twenty years ago and is now Professor at the University of Alberta where she continues to work closely with agencies in an effort to manage wildlife populations. Since coming to Canada, she has served on Canadian National and Provincial Policy Committees, and helped launch the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society. She will contrast Canadian and U.S. approaches to wildlife management from a historical and legal context.


The Buck Don’t Stop Here: Conservation Challenges of the “Global” Generation

Krysten M. Zummo-Strong
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, Pheasants Forever, Inc.

Krysten received her Master’s Degree from New Mexico State University studying the survival and habitat use of scaled quail, and her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cobleskill. She has worked for a multitude of conservation organizations across the US including academic, state and federal agencies, and non-profit/NGOs. Krysten has been a member of TWS since 2009 and has served on boards of student and state chapters, working groups, and sections, and served as the Student Liaison to Council in 2016. She currently works with private landowners and state and federal agencies to create and manage wildlife habitat on the agricultural landscape of Northeastern Colorado. A New York native, she hopes to obtain a Ph.D. studying the role of communication in wildlife policy and management implementation.


Location: Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Date: October 11, 2018 Time: 10:20 am - 11:50 am