Date - October 21, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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Reflections on Managing a Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania

Speaker: Lamar Gore

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Brief Description:

Lamar will reflect on his journey to becoming a naturalist and refuge manager, and will share his perspective on the demands and joys of the job, as well as on habitat management, both present and future.

Brief Bio:

Lamar Gore has been the Refuge Manager at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, America’s first & largest urban refuge, since 2014.  He grew up in Trenton, N.J., received his undergraduate education at Delaware State University (biology) and got a graduate degree in wildlife at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he learned from the ornithologist Don Kroodsma, among others. After that he spent a period of time in rural Virginia and in Vermont. Eventually, he began his career with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) as a biological technician at the Montpelier (Vermont) Office of Fishery Assistance. He then worked with several National Wildlife Refuges and other USFWS programs, and then spent time at the Northeast Regional Office of USFWS in Massachusetts.

At Heinz NWR after Hurricane Isiais (photo by Linette Kielinski)

At Heinz, Lamar has helped develop environmental education programs at three local schools. Working with Audubon Pennsylvania and the Student Conservation Association, he has developed relationships with the public to create green space habitat, gardens and learning spaces in Philadelphia neighborhoods. He has also partnered with the Clean Air Council, the City of Philadelphia, and others to work toward his vision of having a seamless connection with the surrounding community by means of multi-use trails and more user-friendly transportation routes. He has won a 21CSC (21st Century Conservation Service Corps) Award–one of only four such national awards in 2017, and he and his staff have also garnered a congressionally-mandated million-dollar boost in the refuge budget in order that this urban refuge can enhance its ability to engage the urban public in environmental and conservation education and specifically-tailored programs.

For more information– go to the Heinz Refuge website:

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