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Director's Corner

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 This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Hunting Brings You Face-to-Face with Nature’s Thrills, But Not the Way you May Think

I was lucky enough to spend some time this month week at SHOT Show, a trade show on hunting, shooting and the outdoors, where I got a chance to talk with hunters and shooting enthusiasts about conservation.


A hunter walks through at Selawik National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Just like fishing (it’s called fishing, not catching), getting into the outdoors is often the best part of hunting. Many of the stories we shared reflected the hours we’ve spent waiting for waterfowl or elk or deer without even touching the trigger. That’s more than just OK. Being outside, away from the day-to-day, we are free to embrace an important part of our national heritage as well as, in my case, a big part of a family one.

Maybe we’ll see something we have never seen before – nature is always surprising and always a thrill.


Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Preserves Habitat for Birds, People

Today my staff and I celebrate the addition of 42,000 acres to the National Wildlife Refuge System through the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund and conservation of 115,000 more acres through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.  Our investment of $25 million across our nation’s flyways will be tripled when private and nonprofit partners match it with another $50 million. 


The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved a restoration project near Turnbull NWR in Washington. Credit: USFWS

I’ve seen first hand some of the work the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission is approving, so I’d like to share with you what these numbers mean to communities and species that are in need right now.