Episode 10: Doug talks with Dennis Figg, longtime wildlife conservation leader from the state of Missouri. Learn how climate change will fundamentally alter future wildlife management. Listen in as Doug and Dennis list their top 3 challenges facing the wildlife community. They also discuss the limitations of the Endangered Species Act in the face of climate change and the overall approach of threatened and endangered species. Learn about Missouri’s unique wildlife and Dennis’ decades working to protect this region. They also discuss the role of science in wildlife management and the challenges of developing effective policies from field research. They also discuss the overall capacity of wildlife professionals to deal with the threat of climate change and how climate change will radically alter our perceptions of invasive species. Dennis shares his experiences from his early days as a wildlife conservationist , all the way to his evolution into one of the country’s leading voices on climate change adaptation. We also discuss: funding opportunities for adaptation; mandatory climate change training; understanding vulnerability assessments; getting the public behind these emerging concepts; and finding Bull sharks in the Mississippi River. We discuss all these things and more!
Additional Resources discussed in podcast with Dennis:
Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri Conservation Priorities
Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy
Don’t forget to check out Dennis on “Handy Hints” on Missouri Outdoor’s Youtube Channel!
Missouri Outdoors on Youtube
Other resources Dennis wants you to know about:
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Missouri Grow Native
Missouri’s River Relief
Adaptation and Wine Power Hour Story Reference:
Farming Coral on Land, In Hopes of Saving Reefs in the Ocean
If you want to contact Dennis, learn more about this podcast, have a recommendation for a future guest, or you have a brilliant comment that I can read on the podcast, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks!