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Jamie Rappaport Clark

President and CEO
A former head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jamie’s lifelong commitment to wildlife and conservation led her to choose a career in wildlife biology. Jamie is recognized as a leading national expert on the Endangered Species Act and imperiled wildlife. Her leadership and expertise have helped defeat numerous efforts to destroy the Endangered Species Act.

Posts By: Jamie Rappaport Clark

Waiting….. and worrying …. »

Waiting….. and worrying …. That’s what the people all along the Gulf coast here are doing now. The locals, the reporters, the researchers and the wildlife. We are all waiting. Waiting for the spill to reach shore and we all know it’s coming.

Coastal refuges face destruction »

As I’ve watched the growing environmental catastrophe in the aftermath of the tragic explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, with the resulting ever-expanding oil slick now infiltrating Louisiana’s marshes and bayous, I’ve come to one devastating conclusion: we may be looking at the destruction of some of our most iconic and important coastal wildlife refuges.

Heron, © Krista Schlyer/Defenders of Wildlife

Beating the oil to Bon Secour »

We made it to Mobile, Alabama on a mission to see the national wildlife refuges along the gulf and what is at stake before the oil slick hits shore. Once we landed, we immediately headed down the coast to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The name comes from the French meaning “safe harbor” which seems appropriate, and hopefully not ironic, as over the next few weeks oil threatens the shore line.