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TGIF with Tom

My name’s Tom, and as an outreach assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s communications office in the northeast, I’ll be sharing stories with you these next few months.

Meet Tom Barnes!

I’m Tom, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s new communications intern. If I’m not out fetching coffee, I’ll be sharing important or entertaining conservation stories here every Friday. Credit: USFWS

I’m a senior English major at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and besides working with the Service, I’m an editor at the student newspaper and perform with UMass’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. I’m looking forward to talking to you about conservation news and entertaining, educating nature stories.

From hiking the Berkshires to rock climbing, to mountain biking and rafting, I owe nature quite a bit. And I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward than by sharing interesting and sometimes entertaining stories, photos and videos about wildlife and the work of the Service. Watch for my regular Friday Flick or Friday Feature here on the blog.

As an English major and an editor of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, I understand the importance of effective communication, and my time performing on stage is also a lesson in entertainment’s ability to teach and inform. By translating important stories and conservation news into something more easily digestible, these messages can land and gain traction — especially if you can mix in a few laughs.


Growing up in Massachusetts taught me the importance of conservation and sustainability, as I spent lots of time in the woods. Maybe too much time. Photo via Flickr

With such diversity of wildlife and habitats in the Northeast, and the many challenges we face in conserving those natural resources, there’ll be no lack of important and relevant messages to share.

It takes an awareness of our environment and its resources for us to make any meaningful sustainable change. So lend me your voice, and help me spread the word about conservation in the Northeast.

If you have a question, an idea for a story, or just want to say hi, shoot me an email at thomas_c_barnes@fws.gov. Follow my features here.