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Aug. 23, 2022

Ed Arnett, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at The Wildlife Society

Ed Arnett, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at The Wildlife Society
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Our guest today is Ed Arnett, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at The Wildlife Society

Ed has been a wildlife biologist, researcher, conservationist, and educator for more than 30 years. He has worked in the conservation policy and communications space in the last decade.

Aha Moment

The day I truly learned that policy is vitally important for conservation and that most of what happens to ensure policies that positively impact wildlife and natural resources happens behind the scenes - where those responsible often never get any credit.  As an example, myself and several colleagues played very heavily behind the scenes of the recently passed Bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill that included a first-of-its-kind pilot program dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to wildlife crossing structures…this program will help both people and wildlife, and most will never really know who helped make this happen.

Favorite Aha Moment Quote: It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman.


Aldo Leopold and his great concern that people would one day think breakfast comes from the grocer and heat from the furnace.

Topics We Discussed

  1. Why should people care about wildlife biologists and their work?  
  2. Wildlife Policy and Management - why is policy important to people and wildlife?  
  3. Conservation funding and our current model of conservation in the U.S.


Books to Read

A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor Essays & Reflections) – December 12, 1986, by Aldo Leopold.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Paperback – March 17, 2006, by Richard Louv.

Next Steps 

To learn more about The Wildlife Society, visit their website at http://wildlife.org

You can also learn more about The Wildlife Society on these social sites:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewildlifesociety/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewildlifesociety

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildlifesociety

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=1704017

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