Michelle Connally, 2018
February 14, 2023 7PM – Click on the date for more information.
We welcome our February chapter meeting speaker, Omar Bocanegra, Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He coordinates the Branch of Environmental Review, Classification, and Recovery for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arlington, Texas Field Office. The Arlington Field Office serves 112 counties in Texas and is the lead office for the endangered peppered chub, sharpnose shiner, and smalleye shiner, as well as the recently recovered black-capped vireo and several at-risk species currently under review.
Omar has worked for the Service for over 20 years on endangered species issues, as well as fish and aquatic insect studies, coordination of terrestrial wind energy projects, and development of national guidance on compensatory mitigation under the Endangered Species Act. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Master of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. His Master’s research focused on sexual selection in the desert firetail damselfly.
In 2018, the US Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Omar as a Recovery Champion for his leadership in endangered black-capped vireo recovery. He will speak at our 2023 February Chapter Meeting about this effort.