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Taj Hittenberger

Sonoma-Marin Partner Biologist

As a Partner Biologist with Point Blue and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), I work closely with NRCS staff to help agricultural producers and private landowners in Sonoma and Marin Counties plan, implement, and monitor conservation practices that improve soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat on their working lands.

I was born and raised in the Petaluma Valley and received a degree from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies, where my research focused on water management and Coho salmon conservation in the Russian River watershed. Prior to joining Point Blue, I worked around Sonoma County performing riparian and wetland restoration, wildlife and vegetation monitoring, fire fuel reduction, and natural preserve management. I love working with local producers and land managers to help them meet their ecological, economic, and social goals.

In my free time, I enjoy propagating native plants, playing guitar, hiking, swimming, chipping away at a big stack of books, and trying to resist the world of gadgets and technological distractions.