Jennie is a wildlife biologist and conservation social scientist who has spent her professional career working to build partnerships for bird and habitat conservation across the United States and northwest Mexico. She has directed environmental education programs, developed community-based conservation projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region, developed and taught courses and workshops on bird identification, ecotourism, and bird monitoring, and has studied species including Double-crested Cormorant and wading birds in Sonora and Yellow-billed Cuckoos in Arizona. Jennie has also worked with young birders for many years, directing field courses, summer camps, and conferences, and generally helping to connect young birders with opportunities and each other. Jennie received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Tech and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Carol’s career has taken her from a North Dakota refuge to a Research Institute to Georgia DNR and FWS in Texas where she was an endangered species biologist with responsibilities for two federally listed Neotropical migrants, one of which, the Golden-cheeked Warbler, was her master’s thesis topic. Before coming to the SJV Carol worked as the Partners in Flight Western Regional Coordinator for seven years. In this position she facilitated bird conservation planning and bird monitoring efforts with the western states and at a national level. This coordination job allowed international bird conservation coordination in Canada, Mexico, and Central America. She has coordinated several international meetings and is an author of the PIF North American Landbird Conservation Plan (2004, 2016) and Saving our Shared Birds: PIF Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation (2010) . Carol has traveled throughout the western hemisphere working on and learning about bird distribution and habitat use.
Communications and Partnerships Specialist
Hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Emily’s career has taken her all over the country and throughout Latin America, including spending two years as a Research and Conservation Fellow at the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies in Sonora, Mexico. Propelled by her fascination for bird behavior formed during her first field position monitoring endangered Piping Plovers, Emily has conducted research on numerous species of shorebirds, wading birds, and waterbirds including American Oystercatcher, Reddish Egret, and Roseate Tern. She has led environmental education and outreach programs for both children and adults focusing on topics such as garbage awareness and recycling, as well as participated in many community-based conservation programs like training students and indigenous community members on bird biology and how to conduct biological monitoring programs. Emily has facilitated communications between biologists and land managers in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as helped to develop species management plans for birds whose ranges cross political boundaries.