Women making history in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! You may know our agency has an important connection to one of the most notable female conservation heroes: Rachel Carson, who, as one of the first female scientists and government leaders, revolutionized America’s interest in environmental issues.

For this year, we’re looking forward by honoring women across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and female conservationists who are making history in our agency and in conservation. With each #ScienceWoman, we’ll share a photo and a couple questions and answers about her work. Stay tuned for posts throughout the month!

Chelsea DiAntonioBranded

First up is Chelsea DiAntonio, wildlife biologist at Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Woodbridge, Virginia. Chelsea studied fisheries and wildlife science at Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks in New York.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? A. My favorite part about working for the Service is the fact that I will never stop learning. You meet great people, both inside and outside of the Service, who all have unique skill sets that you can tap in to. There’s nothing more rewarding than putting your knowledge to work and seeing a positive outcome, especially in the name of wildlife conservation!

Q. What’s your favorite species and why? A. My favorite species is the black-capped chickadee, hands-down. I’ve always loved them for their tiny stature yet big attitude and insatiable curiosity when they find you hiking through the woods. I was even more amazed to see these tiny birds survive the Adirondack winters where I went to college. Look up black-capped chickadee winter survival and you’ll see why!

Black-capped chickadee - ©Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Black-capped chickadee – ©Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Women fill important roles throughout the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Is there a woman in your life who works to protect and foster Mother Nature? Comment below, and join us all month as we meet just a few of them on the blog.

Interested in even more? Check out all our #ScienceWoman profiles from across the Service in our Flickr group!

7 Comments on “Women making history in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  1. I’d love to know more about why conservation is important to her and what sort of projects she’s working on that contribute to conservation! Love that you are doing this!

    • Thanks, Michelle! We’ll reach out to Chelsea and see if she can respond. Glad you’re enjoying the campaign! We’ll be posting profiles several days a week all month.

  2. Hi Michelle – Thank you for the comment!

    I have MANY reasons why conservation is important to me. Conserving and protecting our wildlife and natural resources allows future generations to enjoy all of the benefits it has to offer. If I ever lived in a time where the world looked like a Jetsons sitcom, where everything natural about our planet is seemingly nonexistent, I feel that I would be one very unfulfilled person. The worst part is, that world could be a reality if we don’t do our duty to conserve what we have now — because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever and that’s not what our natural resources and wildlife deserve. It would be a sad day if we ever lost the ability to go for a long hike or take a day to go fishing!

    With all of that said, the projects I specifically work on at Potomac River NWR Complex, range widely. We are located in a very urban area, about 20 miles south of Washington D.C., so our goal is to protect and/or restore our habitats to the most ecologically beneficial state. This means we research the history of the land in order to effectively manage it in ways that provide breeding, foraging, and nesting habitat for as many species as possible. Every acre of natural space in this part of the country is incredibly important for our native wildlife, especially migrating birds, to survive so I believe our work is essential!

  3. Is there a reason that Daffny Pitchford is the only women’s profile that does not have a Q and A?

    • Hi Tamara! Thanks for your comment and question. We aim to be consistent, but because we have a handful of bloggers regularly contributing to our blog, we still wind up with different writing styles across posts. I just took a look at Daffny’s post and see that this blogger took her Q and A and wrote it into a narrative with quotes. The two questions that Daffny chose to answer are the final two paragraphs – Tom rewrote her answers into statements instead of the interview style.

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