Tracey Rice

Partner Biologist, Southern California

I am a Partner Biologist in the Working Lands Group, based in Victorville, California. In my role, I work with farmers, ranchers, and foresters across Southern California to implement conservation practices on working lands. Due to my interests and geography, I usually focus on wildlife and pollinator habitat on small acreage and urban farms.

I have lived in Orange County for most of my life, and I am very happy to have a career conserving the wildlife, plants, and other resources of the areas in which I grew up. Before joining Point Blue, I received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from UC Davis. Upon graduation, I began my conservation career working on research, restoration, and conservation of some of Southern California’s most notable sensitive, threatened, and endangered species, including Burrowing Owl, Coastal California Gnatcatcher, and Pacific pocket mouse.

Working for Point Blue allows me to pursue my passions- conserving biodiversity through the principles of reconciliation ecology in increasingly urban environments and working with people to build more resilient communities. I take a lot of pride in my work with urban farmers, historically underserved communities, tribes, and community garden councils. I am also honored to work alongside individuals, agencies, and community organizers in groups such as the San Diego Pollinator Alliance and Watts Rising.

During the week, I can usually be found somewhere in the field in Southern California, in the Victorville NRCS office, or engaging with one of the many stakeholder groups I collaborate with. In my free time I enjoy growing bonsai trees, camping, playing Pokémon, and reading Stephen King books.