Kelly Weintraub

Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist

As a Partner Biologist I work in a partnership position with Point Blue and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). I am based out of the NRCS field office in Grass Valley, California, and I work with private landowners to develop wildlife-friendly conservation plans for ranches, farms, forestland, and mountain meadows. To evaluate the outcomes of management and conservation planning, I often conduct bird surveys that will help me assess changes in habitat and land health over time.

I grew up in the northern Sierra Nevada, where my childhood was filled with weekend hikes and summer backpacking trips with my family. I earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies-Biology from Southern Oregon University and afterward spent several years working as a wildlife technician and a watershed coordinator in the Sierra Nevada. In 2013 I earned a M.S. in Natural Resource Management-Wildlife from Humboldt State University studying the nest survival of Tricolored Blackbirds in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

I live in Nevada County and when I’m not at work I can be found hiking, backpacking, and snowshoeing across the Sierra Nevada and the Trinity Alps Wilderness. In 2017, I took a leave of absence to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.