Welcome to Zoo New England’s Field Conservation blog! Here, we share some of the amazing work going on “beyond the zoo” at a variety of field sites around New England. Expect tales from the field, interesting nature facts, and the occasional guest post from one of our local – or international! – community partners.
With all the exciting programs we have going on overseas and the new developments in conservation, it’s important to also remember and mark the milestones in our longest-running efforts. May and June mark turtle graduation season for over one hundred … Continued
This week features another guest blog post by new Director of Field Conservation Peter Zahler! In my time as a conservationist I’ve had the great pleasure of working in two of the world’s most magnificent temperate grasslands – the Pawnee … Continued
Every spring, the Field Conservation Department welcomes aboard our seasonal staff. Without these hardworking folks, we could never get through all the work that our conservation programs demand during our busiest time of year. We want to give you all … Continued
This week, we have a guest post from our new Director, Peter Zahler, introducing a fantastic new partner program for Zoo New England! In my 30+ years of international field conservation, I have had the great honor and privilege of … Continued
Paul and Anne Howland Ehrlich’s 1968 book The Population Bomb had a strong impact on global discussions about how to manage the Earth’s resources for a rapidly growing population. The book outlined the potential ecological disasters that would occur within … Continued
This week, we have an amphibian special feature courtesy of Associate Director of Field Conservation Bryan Windmiller! Walking around the woods in northeastern Massachusetts on the last couple of warm days it feels to me like a biological time bomb … Continued
Bryan Windmiller is the Associate Director of Field Conservation at Zoo New England, where he helps oversee the Zoo’s local wildlife conservation programs and its support of international conservation efforts. Bryan earned a PhD in biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy, both from Tufts University and he has worked in various roles as a conservation biologist in Massachusetts since 1987.
Associate Director of Conservation Engagement
Like all of us in the Field Conservation Department, Emilie wears many hats – from leading field trips to mucking through the swamp to making sure all our permits are up to date. Emilie attended Brandeis University and is interested in the human dimensions of wildlife conservation, especially in finding win-win ways to live alongside wildlife.
Conservation Outreach Coordinator
Matt’s duties include nest monitoring, turtle tracking, giving educational programs and field trips, and making sure that as many people as possible learn about Zoo New England’s amazing local and international conservation work. As a PhD ornithologist (Tufts University), Matt is learning to appreciate reptiles and amphibians just as much as birds.
Senior Field Conservationist
John is primarily responsible for our Blanding’s turtle and spotted turtle conservation projects, and he also leads our marbled salamander headstarting effort. Since 1992 he has been in the animal care field, working as a Keeper and Senior Keeper at Zoo New England and the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City. Working in AZA zoos has given John a strong appreciation for the importance of public outreach and zoo’s active role in wildlife conservation.
Cara received a BS in Zoology from Auburn University and earned a Masters in Ecology from the University of Georgia and is primarily responsible for crunching datasets and writing scientific reports. Cara also teaches many of our school programs. When she’s not in class or running our data analysis, she’s equally likely to be plunging through the swamps. If you want to talk sports or catch up on the latest pop-culture references, Cara is your best bet.
Julie is a hugely dedicated and talented field scientist with a nose for turtles! Julie runs our eastern box turtle project, and there’s no one better at finding box turtles in the state (she even regularly beats our turtle-sniffing dog to the punch.) Julie also hatches many of our turtle eggs at her home, and turtles headstarted at Julie’s house grow up to be gourmands, and are treated to the finest wild mushrooms, slugs, and cantaloupe.
Jimmy is our newest team member, but already outpaces all of us in turtle tracking skill and speed. He graduated from the University of New England with a degree in animal behavior and environmental science. He has worked with birds, prairie dogs, sea turtles, freshwater turtles, snakes, and more.