Monitoring to Conserve Midwestern Birds
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