Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Tom Harvey, U.S. Fish and Wildife Service Refuge Supervisor, AZ/NM/Southwest Region, has announed that Jennifer Owen-White has been named Refuge Manager of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge effective May 6, 2013.
Jennifer is currently the Refuge Manager of Santa Ana NWR and proud to be both a biologist and visitor services specialist. She was born in Chicago, grew up in Houston, and has a B.S. in Biology as well as an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University. Jennifer is completing her PhD in Forestry and Natural Resource Interpretation from Stephen F. Austin State University where she has focused on connecting primarily Hispanic communities to conservation and the outdoors.
Jennifer was first employed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and later became director of Education at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock. She began working with Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Naturalist/Interpreter, then as lead biologist and visitor service manager at the World Birding Center State Parks, and finally as Regional Interpretive Specialist overseeing visitor services for the 11 state parks in South Texas.
In 2010, she began serving as Refuge Manager for Santa Ana NWR and Visitor Services Manager for the South Texas NWR Complex. During her tenure, Jennifer has been recognized as the Region 2 Sense of Wonder recipient, the regional representative on the Vision Conference implementation team for Interpretation and Environmental Education, and one of six Refuge Managers on a birding conservation and outreach visit to China.
As part of her extensive experience with the birding and environmental interpretation communities, Jennifer has planned and conducted major events such as the Rio Grande Birding Festival, Partners in Flight International Workshop, Texas Ornithological Society Meeting, and more. She is active with the National Association for Interpretation, is a Certified Interpretive Host, Guide and Trainer, and an NCTC instructor for the Introduction to Visitor Service Workshop.
Jennifer and her husband are excited about coming to Albuquerque and she is thrilled to be taking on the great challenge of connecting the people of Albuquerque with their new urban NWR and the wildlife and conservation needs that surround them.
She considers herself a city girl with a love for the outdoors and her hobbies include hiking, birding/wildlife watching, camping, and traveling. Jennifer's husband is a sound engineer and musician who has volunteered a lot of his services to the sites Jennifer manages.
Since Valle de Oro is still in its early stages, Jennifer will be working in the RO where she will continue ongoing land acquisition, restoration, and outreach efforts.
Thanks in advance for congratulating Jennifer in her new role where she looks forward to applying her many talents to help grow Valle de Oro NWR - from the ground up!
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