Posts Tagged ‘Appearances’

USFWS Wildlife Inspector In-Service

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I really enjoyed my June 8 appearance at the National Conservation Training Center for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the men and women on the front lines for wildlife.  

It’s worth noting that in one modest conference room I was able to speak with roughly half of the entire U.S. wildlife inspector force policing our ports and borders, from Alaska to Florida.  While researching The Lizard King I asked how many USFWS special agents we had in the U.S., and how many wildlife inspectors.  The first time I heard the answer I thought I was being given the figures for Florida or New York instead of for the whole country.  Answers: 138 USFWS special agents in the field (updated Jan. 12, 2010) and 121 inspectors to cover all fifty states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas postings.

Justice Department Centennial Speaker

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I am very pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to speak as part of the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division’s Centennial Speakers Series.  I will be speaking June 18 in DOJ’s Great Hall.  This is an invitation only event and a great honor.  You can read about ENRD’s history and the 100 Year Anniversary here.

Two Upcoming Talks

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I’ll be speaking Wednesday June 17 at a brown bag lunch entitled Extinction, Incorporated sponsored by the DC Bar Association and the Environmental Law Institute.  You don’t have to be a member of either org. to come.  The talk will be held at Sidley & Austin, 1501 K St.  Here is the registration info.  I used to attend alot of these luncheons on international trade when I worked in Washington and it is nice to be coming home again after so many years. Best of all, I’ll be introduced by John Webb, Asst. Section Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, Dept. of Justice.  Those in the wildlife community know John’s name.  He is a warrior, and to hear him is reason enough to come out.

I am also speaking to the US Fish & Wildlife Service this Monday, June 8.  This is the annual Wildlife Inspector in-service training held at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.  It is an honor to be invited to talk to our country’s wildlife inspectors, our first line of defense against illegal trafficking.  I spent some long hours in the NCTC library researching USFWS history for The Lizard King (with the generous help of historian Mark Madison) and am pleased to be going back to this beautiful facility.