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James Swan

James Swan
James A. Swan, Ph.D is the Co-Executive Producer of the hit reality TV series "Wild Justice" on the National Geographic Channel; and the Producer of the 66-minute documentary "Endangered Species: CA Fish and Game Wardens" narrated by Jameson Parker. James is the author and/or co-author of 10 award-winning non-fiction books about environmental psychology published world-wide in four languages, including two Book of the Month Club selections Sacred Places, and The Sacred Art of Hunting; and Sustainable Futures Society acclaimed Nature As Teacher and Healer. His book In Defense of Hunting has sold over 50,000 copies. James has taught at the Universities of Michigan, W. Washington State, Oregon and Washington; consulted with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; and conducted field research with native cultures in North America, East Asia and Polynesia. As an actor, he has appeared in 20 feature films including "Jack" and "Murder In The First," three dramatic TV series -- "Midnight Caller," "Jesse Hawkes," and "Nash Bridges," and over 30 commercials and industrials. He has consulted with and appeared on the "NOVA," "Ancient Mysteries," "Sightings," and "Modern Marvels," TV series and written over 100 outdoor TV shows for Engel's Outdoor Experience, Sports Afield TV and Bushnell's Secrets of the Wild. . James has been a columnist for ESPNOutdoors.com (10 years), National Review Online (4 years) and North American Hunter (4 years) More at: www.jamesswan.com.

Areas of Expertise: Mainstream film and TV, psychology of outdoors sports, conservation

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Lieutenant Lynette Shimek and a K-9 companion. Image courtesy James Swan.

Game Wardens’ Best Friends Have Four Feet

Game wardens in general are a mystery to most folks, or at least they were until recently. Underfunded and unrecognized, little was known about just who game wardens actually were and what they do—until the recent flock of reality TV shows about them. Suddenly the…

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Becoming aware of what's around you is part of developing your naturalistic intelligence, and another is identification and classification. Image courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Woods Smarts: Developing Your “Naturalistic Intelligence”

Intelligence quotient (IQ) tests measure your ability to solve problems including reasoning, problem-solving, recognizing relationships between things, and the ability to memorize and retrieve information and understand concepts. Is that all there is to “intelligence,” especially when it comes to outdoor recreation? Schools design curriculums…

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California Fish and Wildlife wardens Lt. John Nores and Kyle Kroll.

Opinion: Game Wardens Getting Some Well-deserved Recognition

After many years of invisibility, game wardens, “the Thin Green Line,” are getting recognition thanks to several reality TV series including North Woods Law, Wardens, and Wild Justice, as well as a number of popular fiction and non-fiction books. Awareness of wardens also jumped this past…

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