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!
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!
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!