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About

New Mexico Wildlife Center Science and Education

Since 1986, New Mexico Wildlife Center has inspired wildlife stewardship in New Mexico. As the only wildlife hospital serving the state of New Mexico, we see hundreds of injured, orphaned, electrocuted, poisoned, and human imprinted wild animals in any given year. With the increase in the number of injured animals that we see each year, our goal is to raise public awareness about the value of wildlife and the conservation of safe habitats.

{ Our Philosophy }

Education is paramount to raising public awareness about wildlife. If people appreciate and value their environment, they are more likely to take care of it. All of our education programs are based in solid science- chemistry, biology, ecology, and physics. We take students outside the classroom to explore locations such as the banks of the Rio Chama, the Abiquiu Formation at Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch, and areas of the Santa Fe National Forest. River Classroom provides students with the critical thinking skills and solid science backgrounds that will allow them to make informed decisions regarding wildlife management and ecosystem health. Our students are able to analyze information and judge its validity.  Participating students will have a foundation of skills and knowledge to begin to prepare them for the jobs in science and technology that will guide our societies to environmental health and balance. We expect great things from our students.  A healthy, balanced, thriving ecosystem for all species depends upon them.

 STAFF

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Katherine Eagleson, Executive Director

Katherine is the Executive Director of New Mexico Wildlife Center. She has a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and was certified in education in Wisconsin and Colorado. Katherine designed and delivered the first “River Classroom” program to a class of 4th graders from Velarde Elementary in cooperation with their classroom teacher. The intent was to introduce elementary age students to basic science concepts outdoors, in local environments. As an educator and a biologist, Ms. Eagleson is committed to engaging New Mexico children in place based, experiential science education. Combining biology, chemistry, geology and physics with real world exploration of our watersheds, canyons, and forests brings science concepts to life and builds a lifelong appreciation for healthy habitats.

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Christy Wall, Ph.D., Director of Science and Education

Christy grew up in Tullahoma, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and her Masters and PhD, in Atmospheric Science from the University of Utah.  During her time in Salt Lake City, Christy was awarded a GK-12 Fellowship and became very involved in outreach.  She taught science for 4th and 6th grade classes at a local elementary school and participated in outreach events such as science fairs.  She also served as a volunteer ski ranger, a snowshoe field trip leader and a wildflower guide for the Wasatch Wildflower Festival through the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.  Christy has been working with New Mexico Wildlife Center’s River Classroom program during the 2013-2014 school year and has brought a great deal of organization, enthusiasm, and solid scientific knowledge to the program.

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Audrey Sohikian, Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff

Audrey grew up in southern California. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Humboldt State University in northern California. During her college career, Audrey taught 6th graders about various environmental topics as a volunteer for an Environmental Education program. She also volunteered at an Exotic Feline Conservation Center, where she helped coordinate youth outreach programs. Audrey joins River Classroom during the school year when things slow down in the rehabilitation unit of River Classroom.

All material on this blog, including photos and text, are (c) 2015 New Mexico Wildlife Center.

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