Tam Smith

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist

3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425
United States

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About Tam Smith

Tamara (Tam) Smith is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) focusing on endangered species recovery planning and implementation, species status assessments, and Endangered Species Act guidance. Tam is the MN-WI Field Office Threatened and Endangered Species Coordinator and focuses on imperiled invertebrates. Tam is the national lead biologist coordinating the recovery of the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) and Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek). Tam co-leads the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Imperiled Bombus Conservation Task Force, is a co-organizer of the National Native Bee Monitoring Network, chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, and serves on several national and international pollinator conservation teams. Tam previously was the Director of Northwest Conservation Programs for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program and held other positions with the USFWS, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Wisconsin Sea Grant. 


M.S. 2002. Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

B.S. 1996. Mathematics, B.S. Environmental Science, Art Minor, University of Wisconsin -Green Bay, Green Bay, WI.  

Publications available at https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5433-0254 

Additional roles
National Species Lead for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
National Species Lead for Poweshiek Skipperling
Areas of expertise
Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultations
Recovery Planning and Implementation
Recovery Permits

From The Library

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Reporting Form for 2024.

High Potential Zone Model for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The Minnesota-Wisconsin U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Ecological Services Field Office developed a High Potential Zone (HPZ) model using ArcGIS software that considers the likelihood of rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) movement based on the National Land Cover Database (NLCD,...

ESA Section 7(a)(2) Voluntary Implementation Guidance for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

In accordance with section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), federal agencies must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on any action that may affect species listed as endangered or threatened to ensure they do not jeopardize the species’ continued existence. We...

Recovery Plan for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

This recovery plan describes the recovery vision and strategy, criteria for determining when the rusty patched bumble bee should be considered for delisting, as well as the broad actions necessary to meet those criteria and time and cost estimates for implementing recovery actions. An...