Our Early Career Conservationist series begins with sharing perspectives from early career women in the environmental field.
The Laguna Foundation is proud to host Taylor Acosta (Sonoma Ag + Open Space), Annie Madden (Laguna Foundation), Sophie Noda (Point Blue), and Shelly Spriggs (Laguna Foundation, Sonoma Water) for this candid panel discussion moderated by Allison Titus (Community Education Manager at the Laguna Foundation). These women work in conservation and education for several different organizations across Sonoma County, and their work ranges from managing wildlife camera programs, to banding birds, to restoring and stewarding critical habitat. Join us for the first of three insightful discussions on green career paths and the unique role of early career leaders in the environmental movement.
There is no charge for this event, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.
GET TO KNOW THE PANELISTS:
Taylor Acosta is a Stewardship Technician at Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (Ag + Open Space). Taylor has a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from Sonoma State University, and has previously held internships and staff positions in the environmental consulting industry. Taylor’s job with Ag + Open Space includes monitoring properties over which Ag + Open Space holds conservation easements to ensure the continued protection of the natural resources, agricultural, open space, and scenic values of each property, as well as conducting land management activities on lands owned by Ag + Open Space.
Annie Madden joined the Laguna Foundation in August 2019 while studying Natural Resources at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Her interest in ecological restoration and commitment to protecting the environment was ignited when she moved from Savannah, Mo., to Sonoma County in 2012. She has substantial experience in animal care; and in her work with Sonoma County Regional Parks and at Bodega Bay Kayak she expanded her understanding of coastal ecosystems and environmental education. Annie earned Associate Degrees in Forest and Watershed Management, Natural Sciences, and Parks and Recreation management at the SRJC. She considers working with the Laguna Foundation a dream job and looks forward to continuing her education in the field.
Sophie Noda is an aspiring ecologist and passionate naturalist who is focused on increasing representation in her field. While originally from Sacramento, CA, she found her passion for natural history in the birds and flowers through the wonderful teachers she met at UC Santa Cruz. Since college, she has devoted herself to a conservation non-profit based in Petaluma, Point Blue Conservation Science. She is currently a bird banding intern at Point Blue's Palomarin Field Station in West Marin, and has also been an intern with Point Blue's STRAW (Students And Teachers Restoring A Watershed) Program.
Shelly Spriggs is an avid wildlife tracker and landscape storyteller. Motivated by her passion for discovering and sharing nature’s stories, Shelly has spent the last 3 years leading wildlife monitoring studies along the lower Russian River and within the Laguna de Santa Rosa, as well as offering wildlife camera workshops for the public. An eternal student of nature, California Master Naturalist and Sonoma County native, Shelly is thrilled to bring her curiosity, enthusiasm and extensive ecological knowledge to her new position as Wildlife Program Manager.
MODERATOR: Allison Titus bridges conservation and education as the Community Education Manager at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. She plans, manages, and leads outings for a robust public education program that serves people across the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. Prior to working at the Laguna Foundation, she worked in conservation management on Mount Tamalpais, surveying the vast coastal flora, and as a lead instructor for Wilderness Orientation at UCSC