Florida Conversations: Mark Madison – Theodore Roosevelt, Florida and the Origins of Wildlife Conservation


January, 2019





6:30 PM-7:30 PM



Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

Tampa, FL 33602

Turn-of-the-century Florida was contested terrain for conservationists. Rich in both bird life and poachers, Florida was a battleground for the new idea of “conservation.” Teddy Roosevelt designated Florida’s Passage Key as the nation’s fourth national wildlife refuge in 1903, and the state remains a pioneer in wildlife conservation today, 114 years later.

An Environmental historian and historian of science currently working as National Historian for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mark Madison conducts educational outreach, designs museum displays and helps maintain the National Conservation Training Center Archives/Museum. Madison has taught evolutionary biology and philosophy of science courses at the University of Melbourne and Harvard University.

Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center Endowment Fund at USF with media sponsorship from WUSF Public Broadcasting. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries and the Tampa Bay History Center.