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Dawn E Childs

I am an Information Specialist for the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. Prior positions included Outreach Specialist for three county governments and a large conservation org. I have degrees from Virginia Tech in Natural Resources and Urban Affairs & Planning. Go Hokies. I live on the Blue Ridge overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, but my heart is on a barrier island in North Carolina.


I am an thrill-seeking person who enjoys spending time in wild places.

See my photos on Flickr!

Career History and Highlights

Federal and County government, large conservation organization. I connect stakeholders, partners, and the public to wildlife conservation in North America.


M.A., Natural Resources, Virginia Tech

B.A., Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech 

Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, Florida Atlantic University

Research Interests

Wildlife conservation in North America, science communication, civic engagement, community involvement, diversity

Cooperative Fish And Wildlife Research Unit Information

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2015 CRU Year in Review

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