Serving as Midwest representative on the CITES Technical Work Group recently earned Ohio DNR biologist Carolyn Caldwell a share of the 2012 Ernest Thompson Seton Award for wildlife management. Caldwell and three other work group members received the award at the 103rd annual meeting of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, held Sept. 8-12 in Portland, Ore.
CITES is the acronym for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The convention is a 1975 agreement that insures the international trade in plants and animals does not threaten their survival in the wild. Currently, 176 countries, including the U.S., implement CITES.
Examples of Ohio species that fall under CITES regulation are river otters and bobcats.
Purpose of the work group is to promote sound, scientifically based decisions for sustainable wildlife conservation and protect state fish and wildlife agencies' interest in the process, Caldwell said.
"Receiving the Ernest Thompson Seton Award was truly a surprise and an incredible honor," she added.
Other members of the CITES Technical Work Group are Buddy Baker of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Bob Broscheid of the Arizona Game & Fish Department, and Jack Buckley of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
The Ernest Thompson Seton Award is named for an early 20th Century wildlife author and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America. It recognizes the efforts of a state agency or team member to raise public awareness of wildlife management based on science.