Kate Howard

Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist

As a Partner Biologist I work in my local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office here in Eureka. While most of my work is in Humboldt County, I do dabble in Del Norte and Mendocino counties as well. The NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers, and as the Partner Biologist I help inform and plan for wildlife-friendly practices. The land uses I work with include a variety of operations from dairy and beef cattle to small farmer’s market producers, forestry, and wetland easements.

I went to Humboldt State University for my B.S. where I learned to band (and subsequently love) birds at Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. I have worked on coffee farms in Jamaica, cherry orchards in Michigan, and I did my M.S. through Tarleton State University (TX) looking at Black-shouldered Kites in sugarcane fields of Swaziland as part of ecologically-based pest management. I spent my first three years as a Partner Biologist in the Yuba-Sutter community in the Sacramento Valley and am now happily back on the North Coast. I have a deep passion for working in agricultural systems and am proud to work with both Point Blue and the NRCS to improve wildlife habitat in agriculture landscapes.