The best day starts with observing bees outside the office and ends with dreams of abundant wildlife. Part of what I do as a biologist is restore and create wildlife habitat. I love working at a place where my knowledge and creativity can make more nature, and then we can enjoy it.
I love the permanence of our work. The land we protect today will have an impact on future generations forever.
When was the last time you stopped to observe and contemplate the shape and color of a flower? When was the last time you really took in the smells and sounds of a pine stand? We should all be entitled to the opportunity to stop and just experience the lives of forests, forever.
The outdoors is my happy place. My husband and I spent years running, photographing, kayaking and biking in nature. Now that we have young children, we get to appreciate wildlife and this beautiful place all over again through a different lens (literally!). There is nothing more exciting than watching your toddler discover caterpillars in the backyard, or see the look in his eyes as dolphins and manatees swim by for the first time. I want to help preserve these precious resources so that my children and generations after them can experience these same amazing moments.
I enjoy working for a mission that has so much ripple effect in the community. Saving land forever supports our economy, enables wildlife, gives us spectacular places to enjoy and nourishes the soul. I feel I have returned to a relationship with nature that was missing in my life.
I grew up here and am so lucky to have this fulfilling career. I know that the work we do today - saving the beautiful area of my childhood - will last forever!
I'm fortunate to have made my life's passion for protecting nature my profession. Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, my love for nature and the outdoors was instilled in me from an early age through campouts in the Sierra and Appalachian mountains, family vacations to parks and wildlife refuges, exploring rivers by kayak, and a lifetime of walks along the beach. It is rewarding to work for an organization that ensures that future generations will be able to enjoy similar experiences.
Working towards the preservation of our natural habitats and communities for future generations to enjoy is incredibly rewarding and I am proud to be a part of the Conservation Foundation and its mission.
Natural environments are a source of inspiration for me. Having lived in Puerto Rico for many years, I learned about the importance of a bio-diverse landscape. I enjoyed varied natural areas, including mountains, forests, beaches, rivers, bio-luminescent bays, cave systems, and more. And I was proud to be part of a team that protected these natural treasures. Being at Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast feels like home. Our team together with our supporters and conservation community are making great strides in protecting the natural resources of our region, which are invaluable for our well-being, livelihood and sustainability.
It's not just the Lorax that speaks for the trees, it's all of us. We all have a duty to give a voice to the voiceless and to protect those that cannot protect themselves.
Working with such a great group of people with the common goal of conserving natural habitats has immeasurable rewards and I am proud to be part of the Conservation Foundation team.
Iíve always loved exploring the great outdoors and spending time in nature Ė some of my earliest memories are playing pretend in the neighborhood woods and at the beach. To be able to go to work every day at an organization whose mission is to save these natural lands forever is like a dream come true!