MRBO’s 2015 Crew

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Welcome to our 2015 seasonal staff! From left to right in this photo taken during early-April training:

Nic Salick is a graduate of University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He worked with MRBO as a grassland bird surveyor in 2013. In 2014, Nic worked in New Mexico and Nebraska on Scaled Quail and Pheasants as part of several University studies involving both research and landowner outreach. Nic is working on grasslands and wetlands this year, where he will be putting both bird knowledge and outreach skills to good use.

Zeb Yoko is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.   He worked with MRBO in 2014 as a grassland bird surveyor as well as assisting at our banding stations and education events. Zeb will be working on both grasslands and wetlands this season and will also assist with the data analysis and GIS portions of these projects. He is graduate school-bound in the fall.

Andrea Ambrose is a recent graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She spent three years working at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, which included an independent research project investigating the products that are most effective in removing oil from birds damaged by oil spills. Andrea also has two seasons’ experience working with waterfowl and shorebirds at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. She will be assisting MRBO’s Project Coordinator Veronica Mecko at our prairie banding stations and also performing grassland bird surveys.

Emily Wilmoth is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She comes to MRBO with several years’ experience as an educator at the Wehr Nature Center in Wisconsin, and two seasons work as an interpretive guide at Cape May Bird Observatory in coastal New Jersey. Emily will be stationed in Arrow Rock, Missouri to operate regular educational events in Saline County.   She will also assist at many events throughout the state, including the Wings Over Weston Festival and the Columbia Audubon Society’s Banding With Nature event.

Veronica Mecko has been with MRBO since 2011. She began as a volunteer on the MAPS project and has progressed to managing not only that project but also our spring and fall banding stations, Grand River and Cole Camp area grassland bird surveys, Backyard Banding data project, and various education events throughout the year. Veronica is also the administrative assistant for the Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance, and one of only two licensed hummingbird banders in the state of Missouri.

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