Welcome to the 88th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. This year marks the 18th time, and the last time, that I will have the privilege of providing the Conference’s opening address. More importantly, we will recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. But first, thank you, Sara for your welcome to Missouri address. I also want to thank Matt Dunfee, the conference organizer, Cindy Delaney, and her talented team for assisting us in this conference. As always, I thank all of you for your participation and financial support to make this 88th conference successful.