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John F. Calvelli
John F. Calvelli is the Executive Vice President for the Public Affairs Division of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where he oversees the organization’s Government and Community Affairs, Policy, Communications, and Digital Program efforts. Prior to joining WCS in 2000, Calvelli served as the senior staff person to Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) in Washington, D.C. As Administrative Assistant/Counsel, he had oversight responsibility for Congressional administrative office functions and oversaw, directed, and supervised all legislative initiatives of Rep. Engel during his tenure on the House Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Science and Education, and Labor Committees. Prior to his work in Washington, John was chosen to participate in a clinical program with the Civil Division of the Office of then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani and subsequently served as Associate Counsel to the New York State Assembly. He helped found and currently Chairs the Executive Committee of the International Conservation Partnership (ICP), comprised of senior public affairs representatives from the major global U.S. conservation organizations. Calvelli is also a member of the New York State Environmental Leaders Group. He graduated from Fordham University and earned a law degree from Fordham Law School. He is married to Maria DiMeo Calvelli and they have a fourteen year old son, John Domenico.

Entries by John F. Calvelli

Bronx River Provides Blueprint for Urban Waterway Restoration

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:32 PM

We sometimes take our waterways for granted. We know that they run through our cities and neighborhoods, but because we don't all directly rely on them every day for our livelihoods, it is easy to forget about how important they are.

Surely, early New York settler Jonas Bronck appreciated the...

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Congress Must Act to Prevent Extinction of Valuable Conservation Stamp

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides funding appropriated by act of Congress for targeted international conservation projects to protect several of our most iconic and endangered species: Asian and African elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes, and marine turtles. These funds for these programs, modest by government standards...

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In the New York Seascape and Elsewhere, Shark Week Turns Our Thoughts to Vital Marine Habitat

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:14 PM

Last summer while enjoying a summer day at the beach in Montauk, my wife suddenly recoiled in fear as she spied a silvery fin cutting through the waves near shore. While the fin belonged to a dolphin, like many Americans she could not help but fear a shark attack --...

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Appraising Ivory Is an Antiquated Idea

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Economics 101 says that the value of something derives from how much a potential buyer would be willing to pay for it. This is true whether the object is new or an antique. An original set of silver or dinnerware may in fact be more valuable than its modern-day equivalent....

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Popular Opinion Alert: New Yorkers Want an Ivory Ban

(3) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Ivory and pianos were once so inseparable that pianists were said to be "tickling the ivories." Yet when the world renowned piano maker Steinway stopped capping its keys with ivory in 1956, the classical music field did not come crashing to a halt.

Indeed, the high-quality plastics...

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Zoos & Aquariums and Their Visitors Can Be Critical Advocates for Conservation Action

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 11:05 AM

If you have visited a zoo or aquarium in recent years, there's a good chance that you've noticed something new. In addition to providing up-close encounters with some of the planet's most magnificent species, today's zoological parks are placing a growing emphasis on conservation awareness and action.

Indeed, if you...

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New York State Hearing Shows Ivory Crisis Should Be Everyone's Concern

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 9:58 PM

Elephants are well-known for their memories. In the wake an unprecedented slaughter of forest elephants in central Africa in recent years, the Wildlife Conservation Society's Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels have described how mother elephants in the Congo Basin will steer their calves away from certain logging roads known to...

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This Shark Week, Let's Stand Up for Unfairly Maligned Shark and Ray Species

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 11:07 AM

By John F. Calvelli and Amie Bräutigam

Shark Week is back. The Discovery Channel's annual fear-fest has led millions of Americans -- including some of our own friends and family -- to warily scan their beach waters each August for lurking fins. It is time to look at these misunderstood...

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In the Fight Against Elephant Poaching, the U.S. Can Lead

(19) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Key decision makers in the U.S. government and Congress are slowly coming to grasp the severity and magnitude of the current forest elephant poaching crisis in central Africa.

A turning point may have been the reported slaughter in May of dozens of elephants at the Central African Republic's Dzanga...

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