MRBO 2018 Staff

Paige Witek: Education Coordinator

In March of 2017, Paige traveled a mere nine and a half hours from her hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin in search of new adventures with MRBO as our Seasonal Educator. This year Paige will be continuing her work with MRBO as Education Coordinator for the full year! She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in May of 2016 with a B.S. Degree in Zoology and a Certificate in Environmental Studies. The origin of Paige’s passion for conservation, birds and environmental education cannot be pinpointed to any one experience in her lifetime, but developed as a result of a hodgepodge of past experiences, including her work with zoos, wildlife rehabilitation and education centers, wildlife sanctuaries and studying abroad in Queensland, Australia. In 2018, she is hoping to expand MRBO’s Young Explorers’ Club and work to have the Missouri Young Birders Club take off! Paige is truly excited to continue to inform and inspire others.


Erik Ost: Grassland Project Crew Leader

Erik was born in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated with a B.S. in Organismal Biology from Christopher Newport University in 2015.  Growing up hiking and traveling to National Parks he developed a connection with nature and wildlife.  During an Ornithology course in college, he found a passion for birding and avian conservation.  His love of wildlife and commitment to conservation brought him to MRBO. Erik was a MRBO Wetland Surveyor in 2016 prior to spending time in Bolivia working with Blue-throated Macaws.  He returned to MRBO as a Grassland Bird Technician in 2017 and is the perfect person to lead the 2018 crew! Erik plans on attending graduate school in the future and wants to return to South America to continue working on avian conservation projects.

More coming soon!