Gavin Shire


Gavin Shire is currently acting as the Associate Director for the Office of Communications and Publishing. Gavin's permanent position is as the Chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a position he has held since December 2013. Gavin came to the communications profession following many years as a field biologist. He has worked to help recover the Mauritius Kestrel, at one time the world's rarest bird, banded owls on Assateague Island, in Maryland, and piloted an ultralight aircraft leading swans and geese in experimental migration and reintroduction studies. Prior to joining the Service in December 2012, Gavin was Vice President of Communications at American Bird Conservancy, where he directed the organization’s press engagement, print publications, social media, multimedia and web outreach efforts. He holds a BSc. in Zoology and Genetics from the University of Sheffield, England.