I'm really excited to join the team at Cascade Forest Conservancy as their office manager (I even got a cool hat!). This great organisation works to protect and sustain forests, streams, wildlife, and communities in the heart of the Cascades through conservation, education, and advocacy. Their mission and values really fit in with what I'm aiming to achieve in my own studies and research, and I'm delighted I can do my part to help the organisation, and the Cascades, thrive!
I also recently starting working as an animal area assistant in the North America area of the Oregon Zoo. I'm working with the keepers of the black bears, beavers, cougars, river otters, and bobcats. I help with diet prep, and do a lot of work cleaning up after the bears and the otters, and making enrichment items for everyone. I'm having a blast, and getting to know the bears has been really useful for my own research. They have such fun personalities!
Speaking of research, I'm back to school next month. I'm doing post-bacc studies in biology, in preparation for graduate school studies in wildlife management. It's a bit daunting to be staring down the barrel of several semesters of maths classes, but nothing worth doing is ever easy!
My girl bears in their public viewing areas at the Oregon Zoo, Dale (l) and Nora (r).
I am an archaeologist, Oregon Zoo Guide, and wildlife biology student. Much of my time is spent at the zoo with the bears, or out on the nature trails of the Columbia Gorge.