Ira Noel Gabrielson (1889-1977) - A Life in ConservationThe conservation battle cannot be a short, sharp engagement, but must be grim, tenacious warfare--the sort that makes single gains and then consolidates these gains until renewed strength and a good opportunity make another advance possible.
Ira Gabrielson, Wildlife Conservation, 1941
BiographyBorn 1889 Sioux Rapids, IA. B.A. (Biology) Morningside College 1912. Taught high school biology Marshalltown, IA 1912-1915. Joined Biological Survey as field biologist 1916. Assistant Chief of Wildlife Research 1935. Director of the Biological Survey 1935-1939. Director of Fish and Wildlife Service 1940-1946 U.S. Delegate to International Whaling Commission 1946. President of Wildlife Management Institute 1946-1970. Helped found International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources 1948. Helped organize and became president of World Wildlife Fund (United States) and a trustee of World Wildlife Fund (International). Died in Arlington, VA 1977.
BooksWestern American Alpines (1932), Birds of Oregon (1940), Wildlife Conservation (1941), Wildlife Refuges (1943), A Guide to the Most Familiar American Birds (1949), Wildlife Management (1951), Fisherman's Encyclopedia (1951), Birds of Alaska (1958), New Fish Encyclopedia (1964).
Conservation HighlightsFour-fold expansion of National Wildlife Refuge System. Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (1937). Dedication of Patuxent Research Refuge (1939). Bald Eagle Protection Act (1940).
Last updated: May 21, 2009