The toughest crowd: Engaging high-schoolers in community science bird monitoring
Presented by Teri Anderson, Washington Audubon’s Chapter Network Manager
This talk tells the story of a reluctant high school environmental group in Mexico that transformed their community and their futures through birding.
Teri serves Washington’s 25 chapters as a liaison and networking resource. She brings a diverse and international perspective to the work of conservation management. Having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico and a National Park Ranger in Alaska, Teri recognizes the challenges of balancing human development with environmental health. Her work in community science in Mexico engaged local, Indigenous youth in bird monitoring, resulting in new conservation policy and the arrival of ecotourism to the area. Teri has published a field guide to birds of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and a visitor’s guide to the National Park of American Samoa. She has a BA in Journalism and Foreign Languages and a MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She performs with the Market Street Singers, trains outdoor guides for Ballard Kayak, and lives on a sailboat.