Robert Wilsonis an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University and the author of Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the primary federal agency responsible for conserving wild animals in the United States. Yet it has attracted remarkably little attention from environmental historians. Through the regulations it enforces and the refuges it manages, the agency has had a profound impact on the nation's wildlife. The wildlife history of the United States, particularly in the twentieth century, is intertwined with the story of this agency.