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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing a special outreach campaign for March and Women's History month, highlighting some of the "Women In Wildlife" in the agency. We have an abundance of smart, capable women leading the charge in wildlife conservation in the United States.

Our agency has a major connection with one of the great female scientists and conservationists in U.S. history, Rachel Carson. Ms. Carson was trained as a marine biologist, but in her time, few saw value in having a woman on their research boat. Ms. Carson, still searching for a wildlife career, became a writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1936, where she worked for 15 years. We like to think her experiences with the agency helped refine her conservation thinking. Ultimately she famously went on to write the acclaimed book, Silent Spring, in 1962, which effectively gave rise to the modern environmental movement.

This year’s campaign intends to highlight some of the amazing women working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife today. We have talked with them about their female science and conservation heroes, and hope that by sharing their amazing stories we might inspire women who may not have considered careers in science and wildlife conservation to think about how they can make a difference. Biologists, hydrologists, law enforcement, economists, forensic specialists, firefighters... we have any amazing diversity of women making history in science and wildlife conservation.

We are launching the campaign in connection with Women's History Month, but see this as a long-lived plan to increase visibility of the kinds of careers and the amazing women we have here at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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