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New Monthly Column by WMI President Tony Wasley
Happy New Year and welcome to the 78th Volume of the Outdoor News Bulletin (ONB)! Year number 78 of the ONB will bring a new section to the newsletter, “The President’s Message.” As I close in on my first year at WMI, the idea of establishing a regular ONB communications feature seemed fitting. The feature will be a simple and concise effort to emphasize and highlight relevant conservation information, invite thought and reflection on various conservation issues, and offer opportunities for engagement and professional development related to conservation actions. Going forward, I very much look forward to engaging with ONB subscribers through this regular communication channel so stay tuned.
In the spirit of emphasizing and highlighting relevant conservation information, I want to encourage you to note the dates (March 25-29) and location (Grand Rapids, MI) of the upcoming 89th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. WMI is very excited by the early interest in this year’s conference and the thought-provoking and engaging topics being covered in the plenary and special sessions. The four unique special session topics include ESA, relevancy, wildlife values, and conservation history. You can find more information on the special sessions here on our website.
As I type this brief message, I can finally see snow falling in the mountains outside my office window and an arctic blast is sending many temperatures around the country to well below zero and closer to season appropriate averages. Despite the feeling and appearance of winter that is now present, it’s important to reflect on this year’s Christmas time snow cover as one of the lowest recorded or the latest arrival of below zero temperatures in much of the country. What does late snow and slow-to-arrive cold temperatures do to habitats, forage, species, migrations, pathogens, and their interactions? Climate variability and the challenges it presents to fish and wildlife managers will be an evident thread woven throughout the themes of conversations at the North American Conference whether directly in discussing climate change or indirectly as we endeavor to meet the needs of habitats and species that struggle to adapt at a rate commensurate with the rate of change around them.
WMI is grateful for all our partners and ONB readers and we are looking forward to 2024 with excitement and enthusiasm. The future is bringing some exciting opportunities that I am anxious to share through this dedicated forum. Again, Happy New Year and I hope to see you at the North American!