As a Partner Biologist for the Rangeland Watershed Initiative I further the collaboration between Point Blue and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Sonoma and Marin counties. Working side-by-side with NRCS staff I build relationships with private landowners to provide technical and financial assistance under NRCS Farm Bill habitat incentive programs with the goal of improving wildlife conservation, watershed health, and habitat quality on rangelands in these two counties.
I was raised in the forested coastal hills of west Sonoma County where I first fell in love with the land and creatures of coastal California. After high school, I left home to study abroad, traveling through India and working for a non-profit in the rural Peruvian Andes. In 2008, I transferred to Warren Wilson College where I earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies. As a work college, Warren Wilson allowed me to study biological systems in the classroom and as part of my work for the Native Plant Crew on and around the college campus and farm. It was on the college’s farm that I was first exposed to experimental grazing practices and the implications that farm management decisions have on wildlife habitat and soil health.
After graduating in 2011, California and the Pacific Ocean called me back home. I spent the next few years working for Point Blue, as a Nest Searching and Bird Banding intern at the Palomarin Field Station, chasing Spotted owls through the woods of Marin, studying migratory birds on the Farallon Islands, and radio-tagging shorebirds in California’s Sacramento Valley. I am passionate about conserving the land and species of California’s coastal region and through this position as Partner Biologist, I am excited to be helping conserve the coastal habitats and ranching communities that are my home.
In my spare time, if I am not out riding mountain bikes with friends or kayaking at the coast, you can find me at home, making art or scheming my next adventure.
Email: Suzie Winquist