Katie Koch, Coordinator

Devoting my life to conservation was never really a choice but rather one of the most compelling forces in my life.  I landed my dream job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008 as a Migratory Bird Biologist.  My main charge has been developing and leading the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership.  I also serve on the steering committee for the Avian Knowledge Network and co-chair the North American Bird Conservation Initiative's Monitoring Subcommittee.  On occasion, I manage to get out in the field to survey for owls, nightjars, secretive marshbirds, breeding birds, and the federally endangered Kirtland's Warbler.  

While I often spend free time on bird conservation activities, I also enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, yoga, camping, homesteading, gardening, trumpet playing, reading, learning, and serving through Rotary.  My husband and I share our outdoorsy adventures with our dog, Dixie. 

Previous Experience: Ottawa National Forest, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program, Lincoln Marsh Natural Area

Education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S. 2003, M.S. 2006)

Specialties: Ornithology,  Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Coordination, Public Speaking, Conservation Issues, Building Partnerships, Grant Writing, NEPA, Forest Ecology

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