Conservation History

The National Conservation Training Center Museum and Archives houses films, photos, and documents chronicling the rich heritage of wildlife conservation.  A changing museum and state of the art research archive help the public, researchers and professional conervationists better understand the rich  history of American wildlife conservation.

Behind the Archives: Treasures from the FWS Archives at NCTC


Historic footage of last heath hens at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts circa 1928. The species is believed to have gone extinct in 1932. In the prior years conservationists like Thornton Burgess attempted to film this nearly extinct species at its last reservation on the island. This is a brief clip of some of that footage.

The Conservation History Podcast

Current Event Photo

Author William Souder on Rachel Carson's Legacy

History comes alive as authors, scientists, and historians talk about conservation history.





Ask the Historian

Have a question about the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or wildlife conservation.  The FWS Historian, Mark Madison, will try to answer your question.