Wildlife Inspector Mike Osborn to Speak at Sierra Club Meeting

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When the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a ban on importing 20 types of ocean coral, it sent a wave of panic through aquarium importers, who feared it meant the end of the trade in these beautiful, if endangered animals.

Although it turned out to be a bureaucratic misunderstanding, the incident serves to demonstrate the significance of this important, yet little known federal agency. It is on the frontline in the global struggle to protect rare and endangered species, playing a critical role in regulating the international trade in live wildlife and wildlife products.

With slides and showing samples of seized products, Supervisory Wildlife Inspector Mike Osborn will tell the story of the work that Fish and Wildlife inspectors do fighting smugglers and stopping criminal importers at the Southland’s many ports of entry.

Osborn will speak at the June 3rd meeting of the Long Beach Sierra Club. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach. It is free, and open to the public.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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