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Jay joined the Alabama Wildlife Center on July 16, 2012 to as the Director of Education & Outreach. Prior to joining the staff of AWC, Jay has been a zookeeper, an 8th grade public school science teacher, and a zoo education curator. His career with wildlife began in 1997 when he began work as a research field technician tracking Gray Ratsnakes using radio telemetry. Throughout his career he has worked with a wide variety of wildlife, but conservation education is where he has found his real passion. Jay enjoys fly fishing in his free time, and lives with his fishing (and life) partner Kelly, their three dogs, several snakes, and a few turtles. "I truly believe that the most vital component to wildlife conservation is educating the public. The most effective conservation programs are carried out on a local scale with an engaged community, which is why I'm happy to be a part of the Alabama Wildlife Center."
Katie has a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and also spent several years in restaurant management. She then spent time studying molecular biology and conducted research in reptile and amphibian digestion and metabolism. Once hooked as a volunteer at AWC, she spent a summer as our Baby Songbird Intern, stayed on as Avian Intern, and is now a full-time rehabilitation clinic staff member. “I’m excited about helping AWC to further refine protocols for care, develop our ability to conduct our own lab work, and doing some research and publishing articles.”
Janet joined the AWC staff part-time in 1997 to manage member services, including AWC’s database. Her responsibilities have since transitioned into a full-time position that includes a wide range of administrative support functions. “I love animals and although I don’t work directly with the wildlife that we help at AWC, I’m proud to have had a supporting role in helping about 30,000 animals since I started working here.”