Judy Camuso, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Judy Camuso has been the director of wildlife for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife since 2013 and has been with the department since 2007. As director, Camuso oversees the management, protection, and enhancement of the over 500 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians that call Maine home, and perhaps more challenging, a staff of 50 biologists. She oversees the development and implementation of policy decisions, legislative proposals, and rules related to the wildlife division, and she coordinates a budget of $ 12 million to manage Maine’s wildlife. She is the department’s voice on all matters regarding Maine’s wildlife. Prior to becoming director, she worked as special projects coordinator for the department and was a regional wildlife biologist. She has extensive experience with endangered species management and recovery as well as long-range species planning. She started her career at Maine Audubon as the environmental center director, where she oversaw wildlife education programs and conducted several bird banding projects.