“‘I can’t change the entire world, but I can work on my little piece of it.‘ I picked up a copy of Soledad O’Brien’s The Next Big Story years ago now, right after the journalist spoke at my commencement.
I have thought a lot about that one line of her book and how I can use it to motivate myself to make the world a better place.
I’ve been interested in the environment all my life. I began checking out books on animals at my school library as early as second grade, catching bugs in fifth grade and bird watching in eighth grade. By high school, I was testing water quality of a local river. It was only fitting for me to study the environment in college. I graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and have been advocating for the environment and wildlife ever since.
I am a ‘bird nerd.’ I collect field guides, sign petitions, post comments, make lists from my birding trips to different parks and publish them here on my blog. My favorite New Jersey bird is the Barn Swallow.
I enjoy hiking, looking for shells and sea glass along the ocean, and keeping up with environmental news. I’m a Jersey Girl born and raised, living in Essex County and birding with Bergen County Audubon Society. I’m also a member of New Jersey Emerging Conservation Professionals. To continue to improve my public relations/communications skills, I’m pursuing a masters degree in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University.
I write with the passion I have for the environment and all species in hopes that it will inspire others to speak for the trees.”
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