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Wildlife and Fisheries Links

Agencies and organizations -- globally-oriented wildlife/wildlife-habitat conservation and/or preservation

The Nature Conservancy
(U.S.-based global organization; uses science and people to protect land, water, biodiversity)

World Wildlife Fund
(international organization for protection/restoration of threatened species/habitats; climate change mitigation; funding for wildlife-oriented research; assistance to industries/local governments in  development of wildlife conservation programs; projects in >100 countries)

Wildlife Conservation Society
(international organization that partners with governments/communities for wildlife/habitat conservation; active programs worldwide)

Wildlife Conservation Network
(international organization that protects endangered species and preserves natural habitats; support for innovative projects developing solutions for sustainable human-wildlife coexistence)

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
(an internationally focused program that addresses rapid species loss and increasing habitat degradation around world; website includes resources for professionals/educators; publications)

Society for Conservation Biology
(global organization of public/private-sector conservationists, resource managers; educators, and students, founded in Ann Arbor, MI in 1985; promotes scientific investigation of phenomena that affect maintenance, loss, and restoration of biodiversity)

Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers
(international association for management/conservation of fish/wildlife resources/habitats through technology/information exchange; promotes collaboration among database administrators of state/federal wildlife agencies, NGOs, and others collecting fish/wildlife resource info; conferences)

American Bird Conservancy
(committed to native bird conservation/habitats throughout the Americas; habitat restoration; reduced threats to critical native bird habitats)

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
(British organization for conservation and protection of birds/wildlife; thousands of  staff/volunteers conduct programs/manage >200 properties)

International Crane Foundation
(international organization for conservation of threatened crane species/wetland & grassland habitats;  global educational programs; operates captive breeding program for reintroduction)

The Peregrine Fund
(global organization at World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho; supports/conducts projects for conservation/protection of threatened/endangered birds of prey; maintains captive breeding facility for reintroduction of endangered birds of prey; interpretive center)

Natural Resources Defense Council
(international environmental action organization for threatened species/critical habitat protection; 350 attorneys/science professionals representing wide range of conservation issues)

The Sierra Club
(environmental action organization committed to protection of threatened species and threatened habitats; priorities also include climate change mitigation through a reduction in dependency on fossil-fuel-based energy resources)


Agencies and organizations -- North America-oriented wildlife/wildlife-habitat conservation and/or preservation

US Fish and Wildlife Service
(a bureau of the US Department of the Interior whose mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats; enforces federal wildlife laws, manages migratory birds, provides funding for national and international conservation-oriented research; manages hundreds of wildlife refuges in the US; operates 70 national fish hatcheries and 80 ecological services field stations; generates and distributes educational materials in support of fish and wildlife conservation)

US Geological Survey-Ecosystems Mission Area
(a branch of the US Geological Survey whose mission is to conduct research and monitoring on freshwater, terrestrial, and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them; supports public and private-sector partnerships that protect, restore, and enhance wildlife resources and their associated ecosystems; conducts science-based investigations for development of waterfowl regulations, wildlife management, and fisheries enhancement; generates educational and technical reports and publications)

US Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS is a federal program providing leadership and expertise to governments, communities, and individuals for resolution of wildlife conflicts and wildlife damage to crop production in particular; facilitates safe international trade; monitors the health of animals presented at the border; regulates the import and export of animals, and animal products)

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
(represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest; focus areas (many germane to EPN topic areas)

Teaming with Wildlife
(an organization sponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and comprised of more than 6,300 State fish & wildlife agencies, wildlife biologists, hunters, anglers, birders, hikers, nature-based businesses, and other conservationists.  The Teaming With Wildlife (TWW) coalition is the largest and most diverse coalition ever assembled in support of wildlife conservation funding. The TWW coalition is the leading advocate for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program and the implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), which are aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered)

American Fisheries Society
(the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources; hosts conferences; publishes journals and other publications; provides professional certifications; issues awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to fisheries science)

The Wildlife Society 
(a  professional society for scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide; provides certifications for wildlife professionals; promotes career and professional development; publishes professional wildlife-oriented journals and other publications)

National Wildlife Federation 
(America’s largest wildlife conservation organization with more than 4 million members; primary mission is to protect and conserve threatened wildlife and its habitat, support educational programs for wildlife conservation, and to mitigate climate change)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 
(chartered by Congress, leverages federal funds to implement science-based conservation plans and projects protecting the nation’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats)

National Audubon Society
(a conservation organization that promotes the application of science, education, and policy to conserve and restore critical ecosystems for conservation of birds and other wildlife throughout the Americas)

International Game Fish Association
(a non-profit organization committed to the national and international conservation of game fish, and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping; partners with governmental, academic, and private organizations to benefit fisheries conservation)

Ducks Unlimited 
(a national organization protecting/restoring wetlands and supporting waterfowl/environments; the world’s largest waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization utilizing partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities to achieve its conservation goals)

Trout Unlimited
(a national organization that endeavors to protects the nation’s best remaining coldwater fish habitats through the removal of in-stream barriers, stream and stream-bank habitat restoration projects, and public education)

National Wild Turkey Federation
(a conservation organization focused on conservation and restoration of upland habitat critical to maintaining harvestable populations of wild turkey, other North American upland game species, and songbirds)

Pheasants Forever
(a national organization comprised of more than 600 local chapters and dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs)

Quail Forever
(a national organization Quail Forever (QF) is dedicated to the conservation of quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs)

National Shooting Sports Foundation
(a trade association for the firearms industry that promotes protection and preservation of hunting and shooting sports; has a membership comprised of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers)

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
(a non-profit organization promoting hunter safety and education, wildlife research, aquatic and terrestrial habitat conservation and restoration, and the training of young people for wildlife conservation careers)

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
(a national political action organization that endeavors to ensure all Americans have access to quality places to hunt and fish;, the TRCP strengthens laws, policies and practices affecting fish and wildlife conservation)

US Sportsmen’s Alliance
(a national political action organization that provides direct lobbying and grassroots coalition support to protect and advance the rights of hunters, trappers, anglers and scientific wildlife management professionals)

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
(a nonprofit organization that promotes recreational angling and boating, and public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources)

Ohio-oriented wildlife/wildlife habitat conservation and/or preservation agencies and organizations

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
(responsible for conservation of the state’s fish and wildlife resources; develops/enforces fish/wildlife regulations; conducts/supports scientific investigations; promotes public education; links to >100 conservation/wildlife organizations/programs in 12 categories)

Ohio Biodiversity Database, Ohio DNR
(a database managed by the Division of Wildlife and containing >19,000 records of known locations for rare plants/animals, high-quality plant communities, other natural features)

Ohio Fish and Wildlife Management Assoc. 
(a professional organization that fosters and promotes effective management of the state’s fish and wildlife resources via collaboration and information sharing by fish and wildlife biologists, researchers, and managers; hosts annual and other meetings; presents an annual award in recognition of outstanding contributions by an individual to wildlife research and management in Ohio)

Ohio Biological Survey
(an inter-institutional, consortium of colleges, universities, museums, agencies, metroparks, arboreta, zoos, nature organizations, and individuals for the production and dissemination of scientific and technical information on Ohio natural history, and conservation of the state’s native flora and fauna; publishes BioOhio quarterly newsletter and educational publications on Ohio flora and fauna)

The Nature Conservancy-Ohio 
(website for Ohio-focused projects and programs of The Nature Conservancy; committed to the conservation of globally significant freshwater and forest habitats; instrumental in the protection of 55,000 acres of critical habitat in Ohio; promotes biodiversity through a variety of projects and advocacy; sponsors local field trips and events)

Audubon Ohio
(website of the Ohio program of the National Audubon Society; supports restoration of natural ecosystems through projects, education, and advocacy; many local Ohio chapters/links; bird conservation/surveys; links to nature centers; advice for attracting birds)

Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS)  
(a non-profit organization for birders and conservationists; promotes collaboration among individuals and groups interested in conservation of birds; supports education and research activities; hosts conferences; maintains bird records; website provides information on attracting, identifying, and photographing birds)

Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative 
(a coalition of more than 90 organizations supporting bird-related conservation, recreation, education; promotes conservation and effective management of birds; website includes links to national/international affiliates)

Ohio Pheasants Forever 
(the Ohio component of the of the national organizations supporting habitat protection/restoration; conducts local projects supported by staff of biologists; partner for USDA Conservation Reserve Program)

Ducks Unlimited Ohio Chapter
(the affiliate Ohio chapter of the national organization; supports DU’s mission in Ohio with many local projects and events)

Ohio Division, Izaak Walton League
(seeks to conserve, maintain, protect, restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; promote means/opportunities for the education for  resource enjoyment/utilization)

The Wilds
(facility/programs combining conservation science, education, research programs with unique visitor opportunities; >9000 acres in eastern Ohio)

Columbus Natural History Society
(an unaffiliated local organization formed in 1979 to promote an interest in natural history and the study of natural sciences; publishes The Naturalist newsletter quarterly; conducts monthly meetings on the campus of The Ohio State University)

(local agencies and organizations may be added later; in meantime try links above to link to them)

Other web links

Ohio Birds and Biodiversity (website hosted by well-known Ohio naturalist Jim McCormac; includes lots of insights, information, links, and enthusiasm about the natural world)