Does the most convincing barred owl call you've ever heard.
I grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, not far from the river. My first connections with the natural world were formed while wading in the waters of the Mississippi, searching for interesting rocks and turtles, staring up into the sky at the great blue herons and geese flying overhead, and playing among the tangles of wild grapes and driftwood. It was all such a contrast to the big city just ashore and it engraved in my mind how interconnected the human world and natural world really are.
As I grew older, it became my goal to help people form their own connections with the natural resources that surround them.
I received a B.S. in Environmental Science/ Environmental Education and Communication with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In the years following graduation, I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager, an environmental educator for urban teens, an instructor for camping workshops, a sawyer, a prescribed burn technician, an ecological research assistant, and most recently, a naturalist. Of all of these positions, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding.
Since joining the Quarry Hill team in 2014, I have been welcomed into the community where I have had the opportunity to teach students from all over Minnesota about our natural resources, coordinate care for our large family of animal ambassadors, and share our bird banding research with the public. In my free time I enjoy learning about food sovereignty, foraging, practicing mindfulness, exploring parks and nature with my dog, and playing roller derby for our local team here in Rochester.
Favorite Animal: Right now I'm favoring the leeches that carry their young on their ventral surface because most people would not expect creatures like leeches to exhibit parental care and that is really sweet.
Hobbies: Collecting wild edible plants and mushrooms and feasting on the free and delicious bounty in nature!
If I could be a tree, I'd be a Buckthorn because then I'd feel like I'm never at risk of extinction, that I am more clever than the other trees, and that I am surrounded by my relatives.