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In episode 59 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dan Ashe, the President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Previously, Dan was the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 7 years under President Barack Obama.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its role in conservation and adaptation;
  • How zoos can be ambassadors in deep red states in communicating climate change;
  • Dan’s tenure as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • How state wildlife agencies have, nor have not, stepped up on climate change planning;
  • Dan’s climate legacy at the US Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • And a morale booster to current FWS employees on why what they do is so important!

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Links in episode:
https://www.aza.org/from-the-desk-of-dan-ashe

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/former-usfws-director-dan-ashe-shares-perspectives_us_59a64cafe4b08299d89d0ae6

https://www.fws.gov/director/dan-ashe/index.cfm/2016/4/21/A-Strong-Message-on-Climate-Change-for-Earth-Day

https://twitter.com/DirectorDanAshe/status/804406049268703232

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/26/climate-change-requires-us-land-conservation/2021931/

https://thinkprogress.org/administration-outlines-plan-to-help-wildlife-adapt-to-climate-change-333a73629d96/

https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/1/12/Director-Dan-Ashe-A-Key-Member-of-Service-Family-Steps-Down

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