Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Albuquerque Friends Meeting House
1600 5th Street Northwest
(see map below)
Valle de Oro: An Urban Wildlife Refuge
Jennifer Owen-White is the first refuge manager of the new Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the Albuquerque area. Valle de Oro is the first urban refuge in the Southwest and part of a larger push by U.S. Fish and Wildlife to reach urban audiences and connect them to the important habitats and wildlife that the Service protects. Before taking the position at Valle de Oro, Jennifer was the Refuge Manager at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and also served as the Visitor Service manager for the South Texas Refuge Complex. The South Texas Refuge complex includes Laguna Atascosa NWR and Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR.
Jennifer is 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.
The Albuquerque Friends Meeting House is located at the corner of 5th and Bellamah. From I-40, take the 6th street exit, then South to Bellamah.