Marking a Milestone
Welcome to the 10th anniversary issue of your membership magazine, The Wildlife Professional. Since I joined The Wildlife Society staff in October 2014, many past and current Council members have recounted stories to me about the decision to launch this publication. Although it was risky from a financial perspective, the idea of creating a closer connection to all members struck a chord as the right thing to do.
Every day as I look at the walls of my office where all 36 covers from nine volumes of this quarterly magazine are displayed, I see the dedication of men and women who work on protecting and preserving the earth’s diverse wildlife species and their habitats. Their triumphs in helping endangered wolves recover as well as their challenges in stopping the spread of invasive species are reminders of why The Professional was launched.
The pages of this magazine have been filled over the years with contributed articles from our members. Their stories ranging from uncovering threats to wildlife to upholding The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation have helped reinforce TWS’ mission “to inspire, empower and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.”
Now, as we celebrate the start of our 10th year, we are pleased to deliver The Professional to you more frequently. Beginning with this January/February volume 10.1 issue, you will now receive the magazine bimonthly instead of quarterly. Each issue, although slightly smaller, will contain the exact same mix of content you have come to expect, and the increased frequency will provide more total pages every year.
We kick off this anniversary issue with a celebration of the next generation of wildlife professionals who face formidable challenges such as climate change and an expanding list of invasive species during their careers. I think you will find it inspiring to read how diligently millennials are preparing themselves for their careers.
You also might notice a fresh look on our pages. Every now and again a new look helps liven things up, so we have updated the typeface to make articles easier to read and added some new touches to our regular departments such as Science in Short, State of Wildlife and others. Please join me in congratulating and thanking all those who have made The Professional a highly valued benefit of TWS membership. I’m so happy to be here as we mark this milestone and head into the next decade.
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