NWF Bloggers

  1. Linda Argueta

    Linda Argueta is the marketing assistant at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2013 with a B.S. in public relations and minor in general business. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves to camp, hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery that mother Earth has given her.
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  2. Abby Barber

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  3. Catherine Bowes

    Catherine Bowes is NWF's Senior Manager for Climate and Energy, working to leverage NWF's policy expertise as well as field and communications resources to address climate change. Based in NWF's Northeast Regional Center, Catherine manages NWF's Atlantic Offshore Wind Campaign seeking to advance appropriately-sited offshore wind development. Catherine previously worked for Conservation Law Foundation - building public support for a environmental advocacy issues around New England. She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
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  4. Lara Bryant

    Lara Bryant is NWF’s Agriculture Program Coordinator. She is supporting NWF’s Agriculture Program in promoting sustainable biofuels and cover crop use. Lara has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee.
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  5. David Burns

    David Burns is a member of NWF's international team, and manages the Tropical Forest and Agriculture Project. He works to reduce tropical deforestation, notably in Southeast Asia, associated with the production of agricultural commodities used in products sold by major private sector retailers and brands. He has a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College.
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  6. Courtney Cochran

    Courtney serves as Program Coordinator for NWF's Campus Ecology Program where she organizes the Fellowship, Youth Advocacy and Alumni/Emerging Leaders programs.
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  7. Allen Cooper

    Allen Cooper works at NWF's Austin, Texas office developing state and municipal policy to connect people with nature. He grew up on a 97-acre farm in Hoo Hoo Hollow in Southern West Virginia and loves nothing more than to hear an owl's call at nightfall.
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  8. Hillary Esquina

    Hillary Esquina is the Multimedia Content Producer and handles NWF's YouTube page. She graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL in 2006 with a B.S in Film, Video and TV Productions. She is a seasoned video production professional and is an award-winning producer & editor. Hillary has a love for storytelling and being outside as well as spending her weekends volunteering with local animal rescue groups.
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  9. Ryan Fikes

    Ryan Fikes is a trained biologist with expertise in coastal ecology and habitat restoration, and serves as Staff Scientist for NWF's Gulf Restoration Campaign. In this role, he provides in-house scientific expertise to identify and evaluate restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico that are scientifically sound, integrate with other projects, and have measurable milestones and outcomes. In addition, he advises the campaign on issues associated with the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on habitats and wildlife, assists in evaluating the merits of state and national Gulf restoration plans, and helps to prioritize various restoration projects.
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  10. Patrick Fitzgerald

    Patrick Fitzgerald is the Director of Education Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation, working with partners to advocate for new policies in Congress, the Administration and State Houses that get children, youth and families active in the outdoors and connecting with nature at school, at home and in their communities.
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  11. Crystal Grant

    Crystal coordinates efforts to engage youth and emerging leaders, both regionally and nationally, to support the mission and work of the National Wildlife Federation. As Regional Youth Coordinator, Crystal is responsible for supporting the implementation of Earth Tomorrow®, which is NWF’s multi-cultural, youth environmental education and leadership program based in Atlanta. Nationally, Crystal is part of the Emerging Leaders Engagement core team, and leads the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC). Crystal earned her BS in Environmental Science at Spelman College.
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  12. Miles Grant

    Miles is the National Wildlife Federation's senior communications manager, working with reporters to help them find the best science available to connect the policy & politics on Capitol Hill to the climate changes happening in your community. He lives in Fairhaven, MA.
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  13. Simon Hall

    Simon is the Project Coordinator on the Tropical Forests and Agriculture team at the National Wildlife Federation. He works to develop strategies that reduce the environmental impacts associated with large-scale agriculture in the tropics, to help ensure that the production of important commodities (such as soy, palm oil and beef) can continue to meet the world’s needs without destroying forests or jeopardizing critical wildlife habitat.
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  14. Jennifer Hammonds

    Jennifer, a former science educator, is the manager of STEM education for NWF's Eco-Schools USA program. She engages teachers and students by weaving sustainable practices into the school experience including grounds, facilities, and curricula. Utilizing best practice in science education, Jennifer strives to stop the leaking STEM pipeline and promote STEM careers for the youth of today.
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  15. Tiffany Hartung

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  16. Amber Hewett

    Amber Hewett is NWF's Northeast Climate Program Coordinator. Her roots are in the perfectly salty city of Newburyport, MA where she grew to treasure New England's seasons and the outdoor adventures they each offer. Amber's passion for sailing and her intrinsic love of the sea drive her to help realize effective climate policy that protects and celebrates our natural resources. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Earth Systems.
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  17. Courtney Hyde

    Courtney Hyde is the Planned Giving Coordinator for NWF. She spends her days responding to planned giving inquiries, crafting newsletters and mailings, and generally providing support to the rest of the planned giving team. In her free time, Courtney enjoys baking, playing with her cat, and having adventures in the DC area.
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  18. Jennifer Janssen

    Jennifer Janssen is the Online Campaign Strategy Manager for the National Wildlife Federation and is based in the the Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She enjoys writing blogs that help inspire National Wildlife Federation supporters to protect the future of wildlife by engaging in the political process to fight climate change and defend wildlife habitats from harm.
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  19. Bentley Johnson

    Bentley is NWF's Manager for Public Lands Advocacy. As much as Bentley enjoys advocating for the nation's shared public lands on Capitol Hill, he prefers traveling across the country to actually visit national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, conservation system lands, and other gems of the outdoors.
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  20. Jane Kirchner

    Jane Kirchner has spent more than 20 years helping save open lands and advocating for the protection of wildlife habitat. She loves working on programs that connect people who care about wildlife and the environment to actions they can take to make a difference. Jane coordinates online strategy campaigns at NWF and during her free time likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors, especially in places where native species are found.
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  21. Emily Lande

    Emily Lande is a Legislative Representative in NWF's DC office working on public lands issues. In her former DC life she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Her favorite outdoor place is Mt. Jefferson Wilderness in her home state of Oregon.
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  22. Samantha Lockhart

    Sam Lockhart is the National Outreach Coordinator at National Wildlife Federation. She works with the field team across the country to develop the tools and resources that they need to be successful in meeting their program goals including fighting the threat of catastrophic climate change and protecting the nation’s public lands. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she received her BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2010 and graduated from Green Corps, the Field School in Environmental Organizing, in 2011.
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  23. Jenni Lopez

    Jenni Lopez is the Online Integration Coordinator at NWF. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a Double Bachelor's in Biology and Spanish Literature. In her free time, you can find her practicing photography, training in the sport of Weightlifting, or cooking locally-sourced food.
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  24. Kim Martinez

    Kim Martinez is the Regional Education Manager for the Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Her focus is advancing NWF’s Be Out There campaign to give parents, teachers, and community leaders tools and resources to reconnect kids with nature. Her responsibilities include increasing awareness and participation in NWF’s education programs, including Certified Wildlife Habitat, Eco-Schools and Schoolyard Habitat, and the Great American Backyard Campout.
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  25. Darcy McKinley Lester

    Darcy McKinley Lester is an AmeriCorps member serving with the National Wildlife Federation in their Missoula office. She is working on getting Missoula recognized as the very first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Montana, and couldn't be more excited! She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a degree in Forest Science and a focus in Forest Biology. In her spare time, she can be found in the mountains, hiking, running, skiing, climbing, and looking for wildlife.
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  26. Carolyn Millard

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  27. David Mizejewski

    David Mizejewski is a naturalist, author, blogger and national media personality with National Wildlife Federation. He interprets the natural world and teaches Americans about wildlife, how to help it, and how to connect with nature. David hosted and co-produced the Animal Planet TV series Backyard Habitat and regularly appears on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Conan and many others. He is author of the award-winning book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife and writes the blog Animal Oddities.
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  28. Lena Moffitt

    Lena Moffitt lives in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she gained an early appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors during frequent camping trips with her family. While she's grown to love D.C., she'll always miss green chile and tries to head home as often as possible!
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  29. Jim Murphy

    Jim Murphy is Senior Counsel for National Wildlife Federation, where he coordinates NWF’s nationwide litigation efforts concerning the development of dirty fossil fuels.
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  30. Michael Murray

    Michael is Staff Scientist with the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office, with over two decades’ experience working on Great Lakes science and science-policy issues. In addition to extensive work on sources, cycling, impacts and policies around toxic chemicals (following his PhD work in environmental chemistry at the University of Wisconsin), Michael has had increasing experience in other areas, including science-policy aspects of aquatic invasive species, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and prioritization and other issues in Great Lakes restoration and protection. He has served on over two dozen technical advisory and other committees, and has authored or co-authored numerous papers, book chapters, and reports in various environmental science and science-policy areas.
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  31. Collin O'Mara

    Collin is the President and CEO of National Wildlife Federation. Before taking the helm of NWF in 2014, Collin served as Secretary of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where he spearheaded a range of initiatives, including ones to reintroduce children to the outdoors, expand the state's trail system, and establish the Delaware Bay area as a world-class conservation and low-impact recreation tourism destination.
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  32. Kaitlin Parker

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  33. Mary Phillips

    Mary Phillips is NWF’s Garden for Wildlife Campaign Manager. She works with key stakeholders across the Garden for Wildlife program to empower homeowners, communities, schools, business, faith based organizations and landscapers to view their own property as affordable and convenient places to engage in wildlife conservation. She seeks to celebrate and connect gardeners as they restore habitat to provide wildlife with food, water, shelter and places to raise young. Mary’s experience and passion for conservation landscaping, native plants, environmental education and building strategic partnerships helps mobilize resources to significantly expand Gardening for Wildlife. When not at NWF, she is in the garden or exploring the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with her family.
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  34. Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

    Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is NWF's California Director and loves frogs, pika and wandering in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. She has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Before joining NWF in 2011, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with four dogs, two cats, and the many frogs who frequent her backyard frog pond.
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  35. Michele Reyzer

    Michele Reyzer is Assistant Editor of Ranger Rick, NWF’s nature magazine for kids 7 and up. She manages the children’s advisory board and maintains the magazine’s website and social media presence. Michele is also an avid crafter and creates many of the nature crafts and recipes you find in the magazine.
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  36. Jenny Rowland

    Jenny Rowland is the Climate and Energy Intern at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated with a Master’s degree from The George Washington University and a B.A. from University of Delaware, both in Geography. Growing up in New Mexico, Jenny has always been passionate about the environment and her hobbies include hiking, camping, and cooking. Her professional interests include climate and energy issues, equity, and green space
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  37. Kelly Senser

    Kelly Senser is a nature-loving mom who’s passionate about wildlife gardening and outdoor play. Her favorite place to explore is her family’s backyard, which is a Certified Wildlife Habitat site. She's a member of the NWF education team, and her Twitter handle is @klsnature.
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  38. Liz Soper

    Elizabeth Soper is the Director of K-12 Education for the National Wildlife Federation directing NWF's Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat Programs. Liz has been with NWF for 17 years and works out of NWF's s Northeast office. She is also a mother of two daughters--now 19 and 15. They live in Stowe, VT and spend their free time finding ways to enjoy the outdoors even during the cold winter months with their dog Izzy.
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  40. Bruce Stein

    Dr. Bruce Stein is a leading expert on biodiversity conservation and the impacts of climate change on wildlife. As NWF’s Director of Climate Change Adaptation he focuses on safeguarding people and wildlife from climate change impacts, and on advancing climate-smart conservation through policy and practice.
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  41. Ryan Stockwell

    Ryan is the Agriculture Program Manager for NWF. He also farms in Wisconsin using no till and cover crops to raise corn, soybeans and wheat. Ryan has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri and, when not farming or raising three young boys, he enjoys hunting and spending time in the woods.
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  42. Laura Tangley

    Laura Tangley is a senior editor for National Wildlife magazine and the editor of the Birds & Birding and Wildlife Gardening sections of www.nwf.org. She also manages NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat Facebook page. Based in Washington, DC, Laura is an avid traveler, birder and wildlife gardener.
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  43. Dani Tinker

    Dani Tinker is the Community Manager with the National Wildlife Federation, implementing social media campaigns to build community and deeper relationships with constituents. She holds a Master of Education in Environmental Education from Concordia University in Portland, where she was born and raised. Dani is a naturalist-in-training encouraging youth to get outdoors, adults to keep their youth and everyone to play in the mud. She can be found sharing her passion on Twitter as @d_tinker.
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  44. Garrit Voggesser

    Garrit Voggesser is NWF’s National Director for Tribal Partnerships. He works with tribes nationwide to protect wildlife and habitat. He has worked with tribes on bison conservation since 1999. The mission of NWF’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program is to partner with sovereign tribal nations to solve today’s conservation challenges for future generations.
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  45. Les Welsh

    Les Welsh is NWF's Associate Director for the Pacific. He leads the organizations work in Hawai'i and other pacific islands, and supports our affiliates in Alaska, Hawai'i, Washington, Oregon and California. i
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  46. Trisha White

    Trisha is new to NWF's agriculture policy team, but she's not new to agriculture or to changing policy in Washington, DC. She grew up on a small farm in Michigan where she learned to love and respect all creatures great and small. After serving in the armed forces and college, she moved to Washington, DC to fight for wildlife and protecting the habitat they need to thrive. She worked for World Resources Institute, USAID and over a decade at Defenders of Wildlife changing policy to protect wildlife from dangerous highways.
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  47. Steve Woodruff

    Steve is senior policy and communications manager for NWF’s Montana-based Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center, where works on bison restoration and a variety of public land-and-resource issues. Steve joined NWF in 2013 after a 30-year career in journalism, much of it dedicated to natural resource policy and environmental issues in the West. Steve is co-author of “Montana Wilderness: Discovering the Heritage” and a contributor to two anthologies, most recently “Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good from the Center for American Progress.” He’s an avid outdoorsman and rides his horse, Ranger, nearly 1,000 mountain-trail miles a year.
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  48. Tiffany Woods

    Tiffany is the Sr. Coordinator for the Southeast Forestry Program. She works on projects that helps keep healthy, working forests a part of the southeastern landscape by addressing ecological, economic and social priorities. Specific projects include longleaf pine restoration, forest certification, and best-management forestry and agricultural practices for landowners and professionals. Tiffany's favorite outdoor activities include: hiking, hunting, kayaking and cycling. Follow her on Twitter @TiffanyWWoods
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  49. Maggie Yancey

    Maggie Yancey is the Water Resources Campaign Coordinator. She is responsible for advancing the restoration efforts of the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf of Mexico. In her graduate program at the University of Nebraska, Maggie completed her thesis on water management policy practices of the Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-Flint River basin. Prior to her graduate studies, she managed the Greater Houston Homebuilders Association’s Green Built Gulf Coast program, which promoted sustainable building through a green residential certification program. As a Gulf native, Maggie enjoys returning to the coast for recreational swimming, diving, beach combing, and kayaking.
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  50. Jessie Yuhaniak

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