NEW FACES OF SUMMER
Please join us in welcoming three highly talented and qualified (and pretty darn nice) temporary staff members.
Kayla Seaforth joined us in March as Turtleback Mountain Restoration Technician. Kayla is a regular outdoor ninja, with certifications in whitewater rescue, avalanche rescue, wilderness first response, wildland firefighting, and open water diving. Most recently, she helped coordinate FEMA’s response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas. She also has extensive experience as a Washington Conservation Corps crew member. Her main job with us is to manage the ongoing restoration of Garry oak savannah habitat on the south side of Turtleback.
Genevieve Shank started in April as our 2018 Avian Field Tech for the Western Bluebird Reintroduction project. Genevieve hails from Bellevue and is a 2013 graduate of Western Washington University. Her field experience as a wildlife biologist includes salmon-hatchery work, avian surveys, and work with mammals ranging from pygmy rabbits to black bears. This season she’s responsible for searching for bluebirds, monitoring and maintaining nest boxes, and managing translocations and aviaries.
Benjamin Hallowell came aboard in June as our 2018 Fred E. Ellis Summer Intern. He’s a fresh graduate of the University of Vermont, where he concentrated in environmental studies. Last summer he interned at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, doing things like monitoring conservation easements and compiling GPS data into Geographic Information System (GIS) maps. He’ll be helping us with those tasks and much more.