Michael Robinson

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February 10 @1PM CT

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About Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson works for the Center for Biological Diversity on the protection and recovery of endangered species including the Mexican gray wolf, and he lives by the Gila National Forest in New Mexico where Mexican wolves were reintroduced. Robinson holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is author of Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West (University Press of Colorado, 2005).

Webinar Description

Robinson will summarize the ecology and history of the Mexican gray wolf in a slide presentation.  He will discuss the U.S. government’s 20th Century extermination of the “lobo” from both the U.S. and Mexico on behalf of the livestock industry, the emergency captive breeding program authorized by the Endangered Species Act using just seven surviving wolves, the 1998 reintroduction into Arizona and New Mexico and the 2011 reintroduction in Mexico, politicized management of the reintroduced wolves in the U.S., the ongoing development of a recovery plan, and whether the wolves can survive ongoing mismanagement and persecution and the threat of a congressional “delisting” rider even before the recovery plan is completed in 2017 and implemented in the ensuing years.   He will then open the webinar to discussion about what actions people can take to save the Mexican wolf from a newly-empowered livestock-industry that is determined to wipe this intelligent, social and beautiful animal specifically adapted to the Southwest, from the face of the Earth.

Organization/websites affiliated with:

Center for Biological Diversity, www.biologicaldiversity.org

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Target Audience 

  • Middle School (grades 7-8, ages 13-14)
  • High School (grades 9-12, ages 15-18)
  • College/ young adult
  • Adult