I represented Vermont at this event. I was impressed with the quality of the staff at the National Wildlife Federation and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. A very high number of the participants were dedicated hunters there to advocate for non-game species of significant concern.
This from the Wildlife Society Blog:
The Teaming With Wildlife coalition, consisting of more than 6,300
organizations including TWS, took to the halls of Congress for its
annual “Fly-In” this week to secure support for the State and Tribal
Wildlife Grants program (SWG). The effort, which took place between
February 28th and 29th, brought participants from 23 states to advocate
for federal funding for state-implemented non-game wildlife science and
management. In preparation for the event, the Association of Fish and
Wildlife Agencies hosted advocacy training with many outstanding guest
speakers representing environmental organizations, state agencies, and
the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Dan Ashe.
...the Teaming With Wildlife Coalition held a reception to congratulate the
participants and give awards to members of Congress who have been
champions of the State Wildlife Grants Program. The Congressional Award
recipients were Congressman Serrano (D-NY), Congressman Young (R-AK),
and Senator Tester (D-MT).