Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up and went to university in Charlottesville, Virginia. I moved to Montana after graduation, then ended up in Chewelah once I started working for KNRD.
Q: How long have you worked for KNRD?
I started with KNRD a year and a half ago.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
I love hiking, backpacking, skiing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
Q: What got you interested in Natural Resources?
I’ve always loved animals and being outside. In college, I took a Field Herpetology course which introduced me to the field of wildlife biology, and I absolutely loved it. I remember realizing, “Wait, people can get paid to do this?”
Q: What do you like most about working for KNRD?
I like that my job lets me work on all kinds of different projects – I’m not limited to just one area or species. Last spring/summer I got to do fieldwork related to ruffed grouse, goshawks, grizzly bears, amphibians, and lynx habitat. It’s really fun having that much variety.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is most rewarding project that you have worked on during your time working for the Kalispel Tribe? Elaborate on why.
The most rewarding project I’ve worked on so far has been locating northern goshawk nests in our Trail Project Area. Once you get into good goshawk habitat, goshawk surveys kind of feel like a scavenger hunt – you have to listen for bird calls and constantly be looking for prey remains, droppings, or feathers. It sounds easy in theory but trying to pinpoint nests can be really tough and frustrating. At the beginning of the field season I wasn’t sure how many nests we would actually be able to find, but after a lot of hard work we found three active goshawk nests within the project area (and a bonus Cooper’s hawk nest). Now that the locations of these nests are known, we can take appropriate measures to protect them from timber harvest.
Q: Last but not least, What are you doing to cope with the Covid-19 Quarantine?
I am baking bread, cross stitching, and teaching my dog new tricks! And watching a lot of Netflix.