Jessica Moreno

Jessica

I am a wildlife biologist with a passion for carnivores and wild open spaces, and an enthusiasm for wildlife tracking. I have a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management from the University of Arizona and spent four years working with the UA Wild Cat Research and Conservation Center when we were a small staff of two. In 2004 I began helping Sky Island Alliance with ocelot and jaguar monitoring and citizen science wildlife tracking instruction and in 2008 served part-time on outreach and protection for our Tumacacori Highlands and Land of Legends Wilderness campaigns. I became the Wildlife Linkages Program lead in 2010, the same day SIA discovered the first ocelot living in Arizona. I am currently a Level II wildlife track and sign interpreter certified by CyberTracker Conservation International. I also sit as a member of the Pima County Regional Transportation Authority Wildlife Linkages Committee and serve on several statewide, county, and local area wildlife connectivity working groups. With the help of hundreds of citizen science volunteers and the data they collect, I advocate for carnivore protection, inform public policy, create partnerships, and build safe passages and protected corridors for our wildlife. I will always associate pumpkin pie and coffee with my first Sky Island Alliance volunteer trip: watching an autumn sunset light up the Atascosa Mountains after a long, arduous (but thrilling) day searching for jaguar tracks.

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