Jessica grew up in the mountains just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She spent her childhood enchanted by nesting Curve-billed Thrashers, melodious Western Meadowlarks, and countless other charming creatures. Jessica studied Biology at the University of New Mexico, where an ornithology class expanded her world more than she could have ever dreamed by connecting her with an amazing network of conservation opportunities and mentors. Over the last few years, she has volunteered as a bird bander with Rio Grande Bird Research Inc.; served as an AmeriCorp intern with the National Phenology Network and Valle de Oro NWR; performed surveys, banding, and conservation mediation as an Ecology Intern at Sandia National Labs; completed banding training at Klamath Bird Observatory; and participated in numerous Christmas Bird Counts - the most epic of which in Sonora, Mexico.
She served as secretary on the board of Central New Mexico Audubon Society for two years before being elected vice president to the board in 2017. Early on, Jessica discovered her dream job as a Veterinary Nurse; 10 years later, she is still thoroughly enjoying this rewarding career in addition to her passionate involvement in environmental advocacy. She and her husband recently moved to Northern Virginia and are thoroughly enjoying their exploration of the area. When she is not working, Jessica can be found hiking with her Australian Shepherd, cooking, gardening, kayaking, running, practicing yoga, and of course, always watching birds.