Please share an early/childhood experience that was pivotal to your personal relationship to wildlife.
I grew up on an old one classroom school yard property in central Mississippi that abutted a 500-acre peach farm. I remember the first time i happened upon a three-toed box turtle and wondered with delight at all of her colors on her head and forelimbs. I also recall the day I was walking under the oak trees and came face to face with the web of a spiny orb weaver. I raised my hand to tear it down (I was a little boy) and then hesitated. I thought, “what has the spider ever done to me”? Upon realize “nothing”, I lowered my hand and forever forged a bond with spiders that day.
How did you initially become involved with IWRC and why did you choose to become involved on a board level?
The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has a long history with IWRC. I attended the 2014 annual conference and was very impressed with the staff, board and sessions. It was an honor for me to join the board to expand my repertoire and network within the wildlife rehabilitation profession, as well as contribute to the fundraising committee.
Describe a specific area of interest or a particular passion within the scope of IWRC’s mission.
Science based education has always been important to me and will forever be a passion of mine.
Describe a skill that you have that has been surprisingly useful to your work as a wildlife rehabilitator? (or as an IWRC board member?)
I’d like to think my fundraising and marketing skills have been helpful in telling the stories of what we do in order to bring in the revenue needed to accomplish our mission(s).
Run full time eco-tours to Latin America and Cuba
If you could be a wild animal, which would you be?
Definitely a river otter, as they are so graceful in the water and get to enjoy land too.
Describe any companion animals that you share your home and life with.
4 chickens, 3 tortoises, 2 chestnut-fronted macaws and a one-eyed tuxedo cat named Pedro.