Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.
On Wednesday, I arrived in Miami with Secretary Salazar for the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism. I got lucky this year; it was the first time the conference has ever been held in a place with a subtropical climate.
When you think Miami (and Everglades country down in southern Florida) you think sunshine, but when we landed it was raining and cool.
After landing, we headed right to the conference--got there just in time for the Secretary to deliver his keynote.
The Secretary gave a great speech about the important role that journalists can play in translating the sometimes complicated science that supports sound conservation practice.
He also talked about 21st century conservation and the work of "the world's greatest fish and wildlife conservation organization." Yes, the USFWS.
At the end of the night, conference attendees witnessed a truly unique event: 3 generations of the Cousteau family talking about the conservation legacy of their father. Jean-Michel, Jacques-Yves first son, gave an impassioned plea during the event, saying that the world needs to "wake up!"