“‘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 graduation from the University of Delaware in 2012.
I have thought a lot about that one line of her book; it motivates me 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 B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2012 and have been advocating for the environment and wildlife (professionally) ever since.
Forever 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. One of my favorite New Jersey birds is the Barn Swallow.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and birding with my boyfriend, 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. I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University and working in higher education.
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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